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 commence!
The first match-up pits two busy, busy enclaves within two busy, busy Boston neighborhoods: No. 1 Savin Hill in Dorchester (last year's Curbed Cup champ) vs. No. 16 Andrew Square in Southie.
Savin Hill's southwest is due to host one of the most consequential developments in modern Boston: the nearly four-acre Dot Block. The proposed project would have more than 400 apartments in several buildings, along with tens of thousands of square feet of retail. The Dot Block's scope has shrunk in the planning stages, but it's still one to watch as we move into 2016. Also! A Savin Hill house this fall very likely hosted the first million-dollar residential trade ever in all of Dorchester. Somewhere, gentrification rattles its chains.
The news thunder-clapped across the region in May: a proposed project stretching to six city blocks and several new buildings, with hundreds of apartments plus retail, in South Boston's Andrew Square area. The picture became significantly sharper in the fall, and just as sweeping: 656 residential units; 98,600 square feet of retail; 440 below-ground garage parking spaces and 120 surface parking spots; and 42,500 square feet of open space as well as new streets, walkways and plazas for what's been dubbed Washington Village. Take that, Dot Block!
· Greater Boston's 2014 Neighborhood of the Year: Dorchester! [Curbed Boston]
· More On the Significant Shrinkage at Dorchester's Dot Block [Curbed Boston]
· Mapping the Seven Boston-Area Projects to Watch Right Now [Curbed Boston]
· The Mystery of Dorchester's First Million-Dollar Home Sale [Curbed Boston]
· Renderings and Specifics About Eight-Building Southie Plan [Curbed Boston]
· Southie's Andrew Square Project Could Span Six City Blocks [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]