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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (6) Southie vs. (11) Eastie

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The second annual Curbed Boston Cup, our award for the Hub neighborhood of the year, is under way with 16 enclaves vying for the prestigious fake trophy. We'll have two match-ups per day this week, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends after 24 hours. Let the eliminations commence!

Now up, South Boston vs. East Boston!

No neighborhood entered 2012 with more expectation for irreversible change than South Boston, and that's what proceeded apace. Where to start, what to mention? There were the hundreds of micro-apartments pitched for the neighborhood. And the myriad new developments that were announced or broke ground, like Pier 4. And, of course, the fretting. Oh, god, the fretting! Change is never easy.

East Boston had its own brush with big change in 2012. The year started with debate over Mayor Tom Menino's plans for $582 million in private development to create more than 1,800 housing units on the Eastie waterfront (there as also much squawk about increased ferry service to and from the neighborhood). And who could forget the debate—ongoing—over whether Suffolk Downs will host a mega-casino resort? Stay tuned.

Poll results

· The Departed: South Boston to Change Forever This Year [Curbed Boston]
· South Boston to Get Hundreds of Manhattan Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· Pier 4: the 50 Innovation Units and Their Pals Just the Beginning [Curbed Boston]
· What the New Starbucks in Southie Would Mean [Curbed Boston]
· Is East Boston the New Innovation District? [Curbed Boston]
· Eastie Casino to Be One-Sixth Size of the Pru, Other Fun Facts [Curbed Boston]

Pier 4

140 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

11 West Broadway

11 West Broadway, Boston, MA