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 continue!
And, now, the final match-up of the first round: the North End vs. Charlestown!
The North End had an interesting 2012, to say the least (though we never do!). Its long-running feud with Suffolk U. bubbled into the papers. Grillgate erupted in the neighborhood as did angst over dog doings in its parks. The North End also found time for big listings and fast sales.
For Charlestown, 2012 might be remembered as the year that Whole Foods said it was coming to (the) town. Indeed, the chi-chi food emporium represents the sort of line-in-the-sand-drawing that residents either love or loathe. Also, in March, news dropped that the former Terminal Storage Building at 267 Medford was—after 17 years of wrangling—becoming apartments. That wasn't the only big development announcement in Charlestown. No, sirree. Check out Warren Green and what's happening at Parcel 39A. And then vote!
· Suffolk U.'s Move Probably Won't Give the North End a Break [Curbed Boston]
· Grillgate! North End Rooftops Aflame w/ Illegal Barbies [Curbed Boston]
· North End Residents to Rude Dog Lovers: Don't Dump on Us! [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's Hottest Item Right Now? A North End One-Bedroom [Curbed Boston]
· A Lofty $1.299M at Hard-Not-to-Love Union Wharf [Curbed Boston]
· When Whole Foods Comes to Town [Curbed Boston]
· New Charlestown Apartment Building 17 Years in the Making [Curbed Boston]
· A Big Dig Deal in Charlestown: 17 Condos, One Public Park [Curbed Boston]
· Charlestown Navy Yard's New Civil War-Friendly Apt. Building [Curbed Boston]