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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (7) Upper South End vs. (2) Assembly Row

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We're down to the Elite Eight in the fifth annual Curbed Cup. Vote, and help us pick the Hub's best neighborhood! Polls close in 24 hours. 'Tis time for two game-change-y enclaves to meet: the Upper South End vs. Assembly Row.

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.


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.

Poll results

· 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]
· 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]
· Our Curbed Cup 2015 archive [Curbed Boston]

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