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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (16) Downtown Crossing vs. (8) Seaport District

Polls open 24 hours

And then there were eight—we’re down to the second round of the annual Curbed Cup to pick the Boston area’s neighborhood of the year.

Polls are open 24 hours for each matchup. This one features Cinderella story Downtown Crossing, which knocked off two-time defending champ Assembly Row in the first round.


(16) Downtown Crossing

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Has it happened yet? Is Boston’s Downtown Crossing a 24-7 neighborhood?

It certainly feels that way sometimes, thanks to the openings of Millennium Tower, which (for now) is the region’s tallest residential spire, and the Godfrey hotel.

There is also the promise of the redevelopment of 395-403 Washington Street—a.k.a. the old Barnes & Noble site—which has been shuttered since 2006. If that’s not a vote of confidence in the neighborhood, we don’t know what is.

(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.