The fifth annual Curbed Cup, our award for the best Hub neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 enclaves vying for the prestigious fake trophy. We'll have two match-ups per day this week, 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!
The next match-up is between No. 8 seed Fenway and No. 9 seed Brighton, two western Boston neighborhoods seeing seemingly existential changes.
There is so much going on in Fenway, it's absurd. When the Red Sox played the first home game of their latest season this past April at the identically named ballpark, there were at least six projects planned or underway in the surrounding neighborhood. Some, such as the Van Ness with its $3K-plus-a-month studios, opened later in the year, while even fresher developments, including the 30-story Pierce Boston, with its 109 condos and 240 apartments, quickly moved in to take their places on Fenway's roster. We're talking thousands of new apartments and condos, and many times more residents.
One cannot talk about Brighton this year without talking about Boston Landing, the 15-acre office-residential-retail-hockey-rink complex that started to open in 2015. The first phase available for public gawking was the 250,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for sneaker giant—and lead project developer—New Balance. Nearly 300 residential units, 175-key hotel and a Bruins practice rink are expected to follow. Meanwhile, the neighborhood also saw the opening of the new Lancaster condos, among other projects. We called it years ago: Brighton is Boston's Next It Neighborhood.
· Mapping the Construction Around Fenway Park on Opening Day [Curbed Boston]
· Fenway's Van Ness and Its $3,500 Studios Officially Open [Curbed Boston]
· Fenway's Pierce Boston Picks Date for Official Groundbreaking [Curbed Boston]
· Apartments or Condos? Giant Boston Landing Mulls Options [Curbed Boston]
· Inside the Spaceship: New Balance's Boston Landing HQ [Curbed Boston]
· Brighton's Brand-New Lancaster: In the End, Not That Pricey [Curbed Boston]
· Brighton Rising: Boston's Next 'It Neighborhood' [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]