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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) Back Bay vs. (15) East Boston

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, more eliminations!

Back Bay has some of the Hub's biggest real estate deals—including November's top Boston condo trade: $4,325,000 at 45 Commonwealth Avenue. The neighborhood also has some of the Hub's biggest real estate development—not least the 47-story, 318-unit addition to Copley Place that will become Boston's tallest residential tower. And! The neighborhood has Tom Brady.

Yeah, well, East Boston has Tom Menino. Or at least the mayor's plans to remake the neighborhood's waterfront as one the most desirable destinations in town, with hundreds of new apartments and ferries to shepherd tenants and owners to and from them. We, in fact, earlier this month crowned East Boston the city's "It" neighborhood and wondered aloud if it was due to become the next Innovation District.

Poll results

· Our Curbed Awards archive [Curbed Boston]