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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) Southie vs. (16) East Cambridge

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The third annual Curbed Boston Cup, our award for the Hub neighborhood of the year, is kicking off 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!

The first match-up pits last year's Curbed Boston Cup winner, Southie, against East Cambridge.

South Boston is perhaps the region's changing-est neighborhood, what with myriad new developments, including the above 11 West Broadway (with the first non-waterfront Starbucks in the neighborhood!) and all the building along D Street. There's also the busy, busy Seaport District, and who could forget the tech-y Innovation District? And! The micro-apartments/innovation units. Those, too.

East Cambridge is no slouch in the change department itself. And it hasn't all been driven recently by techies and M.I.T. types out and about in Kendall Square, either. The Sullivan Courthouse redevelopment (rendered) will add apartments to the housing-famished area; and a new, 124-room hotel could spring across from the Lechmere T stop. But, yes, a lot of the change does come via tech and biotech, like M.I.T.'s monumental expansion unfolding throughout the Kendall Square area. Meanwhile, the rent increases continue unabated.

Poll results

· What the New Starbucks in Southie Would Mean [Curbed Boston]
· Checking Inn w/ All-Important D Street as Hotels Move Forward [Curbed Boston]
· Gape at Twenty Two Liberty's Biggest, Balconied Offering [Curbed Boston]
· How to Talk About the Innovation District [Curbed Boston]
· East Cambridge's Sullivan Courthouse: Yeah, Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· 7 Things That Will Now Happen in Kendall Square [Curbed Boston]
· Off Kendall Square, 10 Percent Rent Jumps Annually [Curbed Boston]

Kendall Square

Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse

Thorndike Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141