The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, continues today (get caught up on 1st round results here). This week we're down to the Elite Eight. Each day we'll put two match-ups to a vote, with results reviewed on Wednesday. Polls are open for 24 hours, starting now!
Belltown made it to the Curbed Cup Final Four in 2013 but otherwise it hasn't been the best of showings. Seems like the neighborhood gets overshadowed for "the next big thing" but it's one of the city's oldest and most contrasting spots. Dean wrote in to nominate Belltown specifically and provided a pretty concise reason: "Belltown is a mix of old and new Seattle. Dive bars to high end eateries, rock and roll to jazz, newcomers to old timers. Belltown is walkable, offers easy access to all other parts of downtown and has the best views in the city." You gonna disagree?
The Junction is making it's debut in the Curbed Cup. The neighborhood built around the intersection of California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street is the heart of West Seattle has a ton to offer for long-time residents and new arrivals. Developers can't stop themselves from adding new apartment projects into the mix and modern, updated homes pop up all over the residential streets. Renters who can't afford Capitol Hill or Belltown flock here for the restaurants, nightlife and shops that line the main streets. It's no wonder this has become the place where California transplants decide to live when they move here. Commenter 'Columbia' nominated this neighborhood, saying "The Junction in particular has gone from a wasteland of abandoned car dealerships to a forest of new apartment buildings, all within walking distance of new hipster restaurants and the civic treasure that is Easy Street Records."