Today is the last day in Round One of the 2013 Curbed Cup! Dear readers, thank you for stepping up and voting your fingertips off (especially in this matchup. Holy cow.) Our Georgetown vs. U Street and Brookland vs. Capitol Hill polls are still open for a few more hours, and by around 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, we'll announce all of the neighborhoods that make it to Round Two. Remember, this poll is only open for 24 hours so let's get voting!
The landscape of NoMa has changed so much in the past year and the construction teams and big announcements just keep coming. NPR moved into their new headquarters on North Capitol at the beginning of the year. Three big restaurant openings — Thaaja, Indigo and TD Burger — improved NoMa's food landscape. Several new murals have popped up around the neighborhood. Where the Greyhound Station once stood, an apartment complex with an elevated park is coming. Also, let's not forget the 10-screen Landmark Theater that's on its way.
Meanwhile, Columbia Heights has a consistently strong neighborhood presence. It's unparalleled (except maybe by Anacostia or U Street) in terms of sheer amount of street art. It can feel like the neighborhood is one giant mural and this artistic vibe has been for community-wide projects and repurposing buildings for regular artistic use. Of the sixteen neighborhoods that have won the Real Estate Death Matches this year, Columbia Heights is the one with the second highest number of wins. The restaurant scene has also been pretty stable what with Maple expanding into the old Columbia Heights Coffee spot and late night dining option The Coupe celebrating its first year. And let's not forget that highly sought after Phillip Lim items made their way into the DCUSA Target this fall.
Should Columbia Heights move forward or is this NoMa's year? Place your votes!
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