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 pits a pair of enclaves confronting identity crises: Fort Point, the No. 3 seed, and Davis Square, the No. 14.
Boston's Fort Point toddled that much further into its own in 2015 through the debut of such developments as 319 A Street, the 48-unit condo conversion of an office building, and the Envoy, a 136-key boutique hotel that USA Today recently named the best new inn in the United States. Now, Fort Point still feels to us like a micro-neighborhood within the Seaport District, a ways from distinct. But many of you apparently feel adamantly that Fort Point is well on its way. It has micro-apartments, after all.
The ground in 2015 continued to shift under Davis Square in the Cambridge-Somerville borderlands. There were titanic deals in the neighborhood, including the $1,725,000 trade of 32 Foskett Street, the priciest house sale in Somerville history, and the $1,504,900 deal for 29 Day Street, the priciest condo sale in Somerville history. There were also titanic changes in Davis Square during the last 12 months, including the July announcement that the 46-year-old Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant and Music Club would close in 2016 to make way for a multi-floor conversion. To everything, turn, turn, turn.
· The Starting Price for Condos at Fort Point's 319 A Street [Curbed Boston]
· The Seaport District's Envoy Is the Latest Boston Hotel to Drop [Curbed Boston]
· Five Newer Greater Boston Buildings with Micro-Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· The Most Expensive House Sale Ever in Somerville [Curbed Boston]
· Here Are 16 Peeks at the Priciest Somerville Condo Ever Sold [Curbed Boston]
· Davis Square's Johnny D's Closing to Make Way for Conversion [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]