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Curbed Cup Final Four: the South End vs. Dorchester

Here's the last match-up of the Final Four of the fourth annual Curbed Boston Cup to determine the Hub's Neighborhood of the Year. Who should advance? Perennial favorite the South End or giant-slayer Dorchester? Polls close in 24 hours.

'Tis nearly impossible to overstate the changes afoot in the South End, the No. 3 seed this year. Let's just drill down into the neighborhood's northeastern corner, where developments such as the Ink Block (and its Sepia), 600 Harrison Avenue and the Troy Boston (rendered) are transforming the area forever and ever. And now let's pan out a bit. We find the newly unveiled conversion that is the Royal. We also find a damned closet asking five figures. The South End circa 2014.


Fifteenth seed Dorchester brought us one of the year's juicier brouhahas: the kvetching over a dearth of parking at the proposed 15-unit project at 120 Savin Hill Avenue—across from the Savin Hill T station. The neighborhood also provided one of the best examples of how frenetic the Boston housing market has become: the bidding for a dilapidated, old transit station in Upham's Corner (pictured). And the deals! Let's not forget those. Through it all, too, the Indigo Line's progress continued unabated.

Poll results

· Meet Troy Boston, Part of the South End's Building Boomlet [Curbed Boston]
· It's Come to This: A South End Closet Is Asking Five Figures [Curbed Boston]
· Most of Sepia Boston's Future Condos Have Now Sold [Curbed Boston]
· 600 Harrison Joining South End's Constructionpalooza [Curbed Boston]
· Your First Look Inside the South End's Newly Redone Royal [Curbed Boston]
· Savin Hill Condos Across From T Nixed Over Lack of Parking [Curbed Boston]
· Five New Hub Transit Stops Transforming Their Surroundings [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Circa 2014: Fierce Competition for Dorchester Shack [Curbed Boston]
· Five Figures Over for Penthouse in Dwindling Polish Triangle [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Boston Cup 2014 archive [Curbed Boston]