The second round of the fourth annual Curbed Boston Cup rolls along with two rapidly changing areas pitted against each other. Voting ends after 24 hours.
Downtown Crossing is easily one of the game-changing-est neighborhoods in the entire region. This is mostly due to high-profile developments such as Millennium Place, easily Boston's best-selling condo complex of 2014, and Millennium Tower, the under-construction behemoth where condos sell for Manhattan-like prices (try a trio for $9M each or thereabouts). The jury's still out re: whether Downtown Crossing will become the 24-7 nabe everyone wants it to be; but its changes continued unabated this year.
Union Square in Somerville brims with expectation. Much of this expectation, of course, comes from the planned Green Line stop in the neighborhood. Transit-spurred change is already evident through higher apartment and retail rents as well as condo marketing that actively includes the Green Line extension. Gentrification—the good, the bad and the ugly of it—is also the topic in town everyone can't stop talking about. Expect more of the same expectations in 2015.
· Five New Hub Transit Stops Transforming Their Surroundings [Curbed Boston]
· Somerville Is Doomed to Be a More Desirable Place to Live [Curbed Boston]
· Green Line Now Part of Somerville Sales Pitches [Curbed Boston]
· Mayor Joe Curtatone on Keeping Somerville Quirky, Affordable [Curbed Boston]
· Three Millennium Tower Penthouses Sell for Over $9M Each [Curbed Boston]
· Millennium Place: Boston's Best-Selling Luxury Condo in 2014 [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Boston Cup 2014 archive [Curbed Boston]