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Curbed Cup 1st round: (7) Dorchester vs. (10) Roxbury

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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!


(7) Dorchester

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Boston’s indispensable neighborhood had a typically variegated year.

There were big development proposals, including for the redevelopment of the 19.94-acre Bayside Expo Center site in Columbia Point into some kind of mixed-use competitor to Cambridge’s Harvard Square and for a de-facto ground-up neighborhood at Port Norfolk that would include 150 condos and a 25-room hotel.

And let’s not forget major projects already underway, including the 11-acre one adjacent to South Bay plaza. That one’s due to have 475 condos and 130 hotel rooms.

There were the gorgeous houses for sale, too, and the speculation about further changes to come.


(10) Roxbury

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Change was a constant in Roxbury, too, in 2017 as was speculation of more to come.

In March, the city green-lighted one of the biggest developments in the neighborhood’s history—and one of the biggest in Boston since the Great Recession: The nearly 1.9 million-square-foot Tremont Crossing at Tremont and Whittier streets.

It’s due to include 728 apartments, a BJ’s, and a new Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Then there are the development plans for the shuttered Radius Specialty Hospital at 59 Townsend Street and for a tower at 2343-2345 Washington Street across from the Dudley Square bus station (the latter would be the tallest building in Roxbury).

And, finally, there’s Boston’s best new development of 2017, per Curbed Boston readers: The redo of the Boston Public Library’s Dudley branch.