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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (7) Upper South End vs. (10) Jeffries Pt.

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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 latest match-up pits No. 7 seed, the Upper South End (we'll explain), against No. 10 Jeffries Point in Eastie.

Few neighborhoods in Greater Boston are changing faster than the South End. Development in the neighborhood's northern reaches is driving much of that change, so much so that we think the area north of Mass. Ave. and east of Shawmut Avenue should perhaps have its own name. For now, we're calling it, rather laboriously, the Upper South End. It's there that projects such as the Ink Block (and its Sepia and Siena), the Lucas and the 575 Albany Street conversion are adding thousands of residences and, invariably, thousands of residents to fill them. Many of these projects were either announced in 2015, finished or got under way.


Jeffries Point, more than any other enclave of East Boston, has absorbed that neighborhood's changes, changes that, like in the South End, new development is driving. The area also saw some major deals in 2015, including a June trade of a top-floor condo at 176 Webster Street that set a per-square-foot sales record for Eastie. The Porter 156 complex and the newish 282 Marginal Street also saw major trades during the year. The yuppies are coming to Jeffries Point. There is no stopping them now.

Poll results

· The 11 Projects Transforming Boston's South End Forever [Curbed Boston]
· Here's How Many Ink Block Apartments Have Been Rented [Curbed Boston]
· Check Out the Latest Rendering, Prices for South End's Siena [Curbed Boston]
· South End's Brand-New Sepia Enters Its Resales Phase [Curbed Boston]
· South End's Boomlet Echoes On: Two More Apartment Buildings [Curbed Boston]
· Jeffries Point Condo Sets Eastie Per-Square-Foot Sales Record [Curbed Boston]
· Two Buildings Are Powering East Boston's Historic Deals [Curbed Boston]
· Mapping the New Development in Busy, Busy East Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Eastie Project Wants In on 'Influx' of Young Professionals [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]

Porter 156

, East Boston, MA