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Curbed Cup 1st round: (8) Seaport District vs. (9) West End

Polls open 24 hours

It’s time—time to pick the Boston area’s neighborhood of the year!

Here’s how the annual Curbed Cup works: We present two matchups a day during the first round. Polls stay open 24 hours for each one. The biggest vote-getter in each matchup advances to the second round.

We start with 16, and we whittle it down to one.

Got it? Good. Go!


(8) Seaport District

An aerial view of city buildings along a waterfront. There are various bridges spanning the body of water. Rendering via WS Development

Boston’s unfolding Seaport District has been very busy of late with new development.

Projects either underway or planned include the three-building, 1.3 million-square-foot EchelonSeaport, which is due to include 733 apartments and condos, and 315 Northern Avenue across from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, which is supposed to include a 304-unit apartment building and a 294-key hotel.

Then there’s Seaport Square, the development slated to fill in the final 12.5 acres of the Seaport District.

It’s due to have 3.2 million square feet of residential space, 2.8 million square feet of office space, a 476,800-square-foot hotel, and 1.12 million square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment space. It might even have a public library.


(9) West End

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Boston’s West End is so hot right now that some people think it needs two names (though it’s anyone’s guess if “Uptown” sticks).

The under-construction Hub on Causeway is driving much of this buzz. This monumental project on and around TD Garden and North Station is set to include 1.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, offices, and residences, as well as an expansion of the arena and improvements to the transit hub.

It’s also supposed to get a hotel full of micro-rooms.

Never mind, either, that the West End is one of the city’s most walkable and bikable neighborhoods.