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It's Giant Slayer Eastie vs. 2011 Winner South End

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'Tis time for the Final Four in the Curbed Boston Cup! The first match-up pits East Boston, which scored a narrow pre-Christmas victory over defending champ South Boston against the South End, 2011's Neighborhood of the Year, which romped to a win over North Cambridge.

East Boston's 2013 might be summed up in three words: casino, casino, casino. Indeed, the heated debated over whether to build a gambling palace at Suffolk Downs swept the neighborhood, ending (or so it seemed) in a resounding No vote in early November amid the collapse of the plan put forth by would-be operator Caesars. There was also sizable new development in the neighborhood, too, including the big-time Portside at Pier One (rendered), part of the re-galvanizing of Eastie's waterfront.

The South End romped to victory in the inaugural Curbed Boston Cup back in 2011. Since then, it's been doing its South End-y thing of quietly racking up high six-figure/low seven-figure deals and debuting some of Boston's more interesting new developments. Take, for instance, the Chevron at 518 Tremont Avenue, where the Parisian-style floor-throughs traded this year for more than $3,100,000 each. Or the massive Ink Block project, which broke ground in the spring and which includes the Sepia condo (rendered). Or! The developments around the Ink Block, like 345 Harrison.

Poll results

· Eastie's Portside at Pier One Coming Into Focus [Curbed Boston]
· Caesars Out at Suffolk Downs and Now Things Are a Mess [Curbed Boston]
· The Curbed Boston Cup Neighborhood of the Year: South End! [Curbed Boston]
· Here's What New South End Floor-Through Condos Sell For [Curbed Boston]
· Ink Block's Sepia Boston Comes Into Sharper Focus [Curbed Boston]
· 9 Awesome Things We Learned at the Ink Block Block Party [Curbed Boston]
· South End's Constructionpalooza Rocks On at 345 Harrison [Curbed Boston]

Suffolk Downs

525 William F McClellan Highway, , MA 02128 (617) 568-3216 Visit Website

Ink Block

300 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 Visit Website