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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (7) Brookline vs. (10) Cambridge

The Curbed Boston Cup, our (first) annual award to the Hub neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have two match-ups per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed tomorrow. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. And, now, the final first-round eliminations!

Get the good china out, Boston. You've got company.

Some of the Hub's classiest real estate resides in Brookline—and some of the wackiest real estate regulations designed to keep it that way. Take the push this past year to set up Neighborhood Conservation Districts, which would basically be historic districts for non-historic areas. We kind of understand, though; with gorgeous manses as well as apartment houses like the Stoneholm, we'd want to protect the propertied status quo, too.

Cambridge, best known as the home of the 1 percent of the 1 percent (a.k.a. Occupy Harvard), will see some major development in the coming year. In Kendall Square, M.I.T. plans to add at least 1.1 million square feet of space, including for dozens of new apartments. Nearby, private developers are already building 1.7 million square feet, 220 apartments included. Now, if the Cantabrigians can just agree on basement apartments and curb cuts...

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