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Curbed Cup first round: (8) Fenway vs. (9) Brighton

Two enclaves seeing lots of development

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Greater Boston neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday.

Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations continue!


Few neighborhoods in the Boston region have seen as much new development recently as Fenway. The neighborhood this year saw major advancements in major projects such as Pierce Boston and 1350 Boylston Street. Proposals for other big developments, including the five-building Fenway Center and the 340-foot 2 Charlesgate West, also appeared to advance in 2016 (though shovels have yet to hit ground).

Brighton’s already-big Boston Landing got that much bigger in 2016. Recall that the 15-acre project at Boston’s western edge already includes a 250,000-square-foot headquarters for sneaker kingpin and lead developer New Balance; and it will soon include flourishes such as a hotel, a practice rink for the Bruins, a practice center for the Celtics, and housing. Prices in Brighton, too, scaled some heights in 2016.