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Curbed Cup Final Four: (2) Upper Dorchester vs. (6) Davis Square

Upset in the making?

Our 16-seed Curbed Cup tournament to pick the region’s Neighborhood of the Year enters its endgame with a Final Four that includes No. 2 seed Upper Dorchester.

Polls close 24 hours after they open. Go.

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The northern reaches of Boston’s largest neighborhood by area had a particularly busy 2016. First, major developments moved forward, including the 362-unit and possibly 10-building Dot Block and the 475-unit, 10-acre expansion of the South Bay center (including a 130-room hotel).

Then there were any number of big-time residential sales in Savin Hill, Fields Corner, Jones Hill, Meeting House Hill, and Uphams Corner (a.k.a. Upper Dorchester, for lack of a better moniker)—all of them involving achingly gorgeous properties.

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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.