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Underdog Fenway Faces Somerville's Union Square

No. 14 Fenway scored the biggest upset of the Curbed Boston Cup so far, besting second-ranked Downtown Crossing in the first round to reach the Elite Eight. Here it squares off against up-and-coming-'cause-of-the-Green-Line Union Square, the No. 7 seed. Polls open 24 hours. Go.

Somerville's Union Square area is poised to benefit immensely from SomerVision, which took sharper shape as 2013 dawned. Don't know about SomerVision? Wish you had SomerVision? Check out SomerVision: the city's 20-year master plan for more than 6,000 housing units as well as new parkland and attendant retail, all predicated on the long-hoped-for/finally-happening extension of the Green Line all the way to Medford. The extension's first leg, from Lechmere to Union Square (future station rendered above) should, in fact, open within the next 36 months (feels so much more optimistic to type "36 months" rather than "by 2017"). Get into Union Square while you can!

It would be difficult to overstate the amount of new development dropping in Fenway. We mapped it all in mid-October, but just as soon as we published that map of projects like the Viridian (rendered), the Landmark Center expansion, Symphony Court and the new Marriott, news broke of more fresh Fenway development, namely 1271 Boylston (where the Howard Johnson is now). Not only all this, but the neighborhood played unintentional host to one of year's more robust real estate debates: How freakin' tall can and should developers build in Boston?

Poll results

· SomerVision Sees 6,000 New Homes, Lots of Green Line Riders [Curbed Boston]
· The Green Line Extension Is Really Happening [Curbed Boston]
· Our Updated Full Count of Construction Around Fenway [Curbed Boston]
· 1271 Boylston Joining Fenway Development Party [Curbed Boston]
· 1350 Boylston and the Battle for Building Boston [Curbed Boston]

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