The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament is in its first round. The deserving candidates will be presented in two match-ups per day through the week, with results reviewed on Friday. Polls are open for 24 hours, starting now!
This round, Greenwood versus the U-District. Do you prefer a neighborhood built from homes and families, or a culture defined by professors and students?
In this corner…Greenwood. Greenwood's grown as every other neighborhood gets attention. Quiet streets, relatively. Funky, but useful shops. And some transitional housing which is affordable or gentrified depending on your needs and resources. The major events go elsewhere. Great!
Photo: J Brew
In the other corner…the U-District. Some neighborhoods need no introduction. A major university on a picturesque campus does that. The U-District, the college town that lives within a city. Some people never leave its borders, at least during finals. The buildings are a mix of impressive architecture and frat houses. The shops are cutting edge because the students won't put up with stodgy, even if the professors will. Live near the U and walk instead of drive to the games.
It's a battle between the west and east sides of I-5. Oh I-5, did you split up a happy couple, or separate rivals? Who moves on to the Elite Eight?