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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (3) Beacon Hill vs. (14) North End

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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 through Thursday, 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!

Time for Beacon Hill and the North End to step into the ring.

Oh, Beacon Hill! Land of titanic deals, like the ones for 36 Lime Street (finally!) and 78 Beacon Street and, well, we could go on and on re: big Beacon Hill deals (and price-chops for that matter, which tended to be on the big side as well). There wasn't much new development, of course, because new development is not the neighborhood's thing, as evidenced by the brouhaha surrounding the renovation of the 148-year-old townhouse at 124 Chestnut Street (pictured). Yeah, real kerfuffle that.
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The North End's, um, ends had an eventful 2013. Construction, for instance, got under way at the long-delayed One Canal, which will add 320 apartments in 12 stories to the Bulfinch Triangle. There was also Lovejoy Wharf (rendered) in the North End-West End borderlands, that grand experiment in whether Bostonians can survive downtown without a car at the immediate ready. And, of course, there's the $1 billion expansion of TD Garden, with its 45-story residential tower and attendant controversy. Finally, development aside, the neighborhood confronted a bit of an existential crisis this year. Namely: È il North End che l'italiano più? Well?

Poll results

· Final Twist for 36 Lime: Sale Saga Ends in Seven-Figure Deal [Curbed Boston]
· Dictatorial 78 Beacon Street Lands a Buyer [Curbed Boston]
· Curtain Drops on 124 Chestnut Renovation [Curbed Boston]
· At 124 Chestnut Street, Buyer Be-really-ware [Curbed Boston]
· Beacon Hill's Sunflower Castle Sprouts Year's Biggest Cut [Curbed Boston]
· Reckoning Coming for Long-Stalled One Canal [Curbed Boston]
· No Parking: Boston Green-Lights Car-Less Condo [Curbed Boston]
· Residents Crash Garden Party, Beg City to Scale Back Tower [Curbed Boston]
· Now It's the North End Losing Its Ethnic Something-Something [Curbed Boston]

Lovejoy Wharf

131 Beverly Street, Boston, MA

Bulfinch Triangle

Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114