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. There are 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!
In our final first-round pairing, last year's Curbed Cup runner-up Assembly Row squares off against No. 15 seed Dudley Square.
Somerville's Assembly Row neighborhood-in-the-making started the year as one area to definitely watch and it did not disappoint. There were details by May about the addition to Assembly Row of 447 luxury apartments and 117 luxury condos (luxury!) as well as a 115-room boutique hotel and tens of thousands of square feet of retail. And! In September, the new 100,000-square-foot complex at 450 Artisan Way was certified as Somerville's first-ever LEED Gold office building. Not bad for a mini-neighborhood that pretty much didn't exist five years ago.
Roxbury's Dudley Square also commenced the year as an area to watch and it, too, did not disappoint. For one thing, there were the plans, first put forth in the spring, for what would be the tallest residential tower ever built in the entire neighborhood: a 25-story glass-and-steel building atop the Institution for Savings in Roxbury and Its Vicinity, across from the Dudley Square MBTA Station. Then there was all that chatter about remaking Dudley Square as another innovation hub for Boston, chatter justified in part by the innovation incubator in the newly opened Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, one of the few bright spots in the city's otherwise largely uninspired architectural scene.
· Greater Boston's 2014 Neighborhood of the Year: Dorchester! [Curbed Boston]
· Assembly Row Spot Somerville's Greenest Office Building Ever [Curbed Boston]
· The 10 Hub Real Estate Developments to Watch in 2015 [Curbed Boston]
· More Apts., Condos and a Hotel for Somerville's Assembly Row [Curbed Boston]
· New Look at What Would Be Roxbury's Tallest Building [Curbed Boston]
· Scoping Boston's 'Relentlessly B-Minus Architecture' [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]