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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (6) Davis Square vs. (3) Upper South End

Two fast-changing areas

Davis Square


The increasingly swanky enclave in the Somerville-Cambridge borderlands got that much swankier in 2016, with titanic listings and sales. The unmistakable whiff of gentrification was also in the air in Davis Square, with longtime nightclub Johnny D’s closing to—what else?—make way for condos.

Upper South End

It is impossible to overstate the amount of development planned, underway, or recently completed in the northeastern reaches of the South End. From roughly Tremont to Albany streets and West Concord to Herald streets, at least a dozen major projects are adding around 2,400 apartments and condos—and changing the vibe and the real estate of that part of Boston.