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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) North Cambridge vs. (12) Chelsea

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The third annual Curbed Boston Cup, our award for the Hub neighborhood of the year, has kicked 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 continue!

Now up, North Cambridge and downtown Chelsea.

It's almost impossible to overstate the amount of development-driven change coming to North Cambridge, especially the area around the Alewife T stop. Projects like the Atmark, the Residences at Alewife and 7 Cameron (rendered) are expected to eventually plunk more than 1,300 fresh apartments in an area that may or may not be ready to handle the influx. As Marc Levy at Cambridge Day has pointed out, the estimated tenants in these buildings by themselves could add at least 1.32 percent to Cambridge's population, nothing to sneeze at given the city's 0.83 percent population growth from 2010 to 2011. Stay tuned.
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In downtown Chelsea, the development-driven change is a little less dramatic, though no less pronounced. The area, in fact, may be seeing its biggest building boom in a generation, bringing all the attendant pros (new retail, gentrification) and cons (more traffic, gentrification). There's Chelsea Place, the new apartment complex that names its floorplans after presidents (check out the Taft!). And there's One North of Boston, which, as you can see from the rendering above, touts its proximity to the metropolis to the south. And! There's the likely Silver Line expansion, all the better to connect downtown Chelsea with the also-boom-y Seaport District.

Poll results

· In North Cambridge, a Plethora of New Apartment Buildings [Curbed Boston]
· The Creep of North Cambridge's Boom: 37 Apts. Off Davis [Curbed Boston]
· Time to Upgrade Alewife for All Those New Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· New Chelsea Place Names Its Apartments After Presidents [Curbed Boston]
· Chelsea Morning! Boston's Northern Neighbor Builds Bigger [Curbed Boston]
· Silver Line Extension Just in Time for Chelsea's Boom [Curbed Boston]

The Atmark

70 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, MA