The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Seattle neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 locales, hubs and 'hoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
Green Lake made it to the second-round last year, it's best showing to date. Will it be able to move further this year? Sure, Green Lake has the shops and restaurants and trendy places to hang out, but it's also got a big-ass lake. How many Seattle neighborhoods can say that? It's also got a bunch of classic Victorian houses mixed with modern renovations in a family neighborhood that's updating itself slowly but surely. There may be trendier places to be in Seattle on a weekend, but few places nicer.
Georgetown came so close last year but it got topped in the final. This year the South Seattle 'hood is back. It was its own city for a while, one of the last neighborhoods to incorporate into Seattle, so it has its own character and sense of being. It is a classic case of a place remaking itself from industrial to urban to entrepreneurial. They say that Georgetown is the neighborhood that Fremont wishes it was and they're probably right. Full of artists and featuring eclectic events throughout the year, it's where quirk lives in around here. It's also a damn friendly place on Halloween.