The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
This past week, Curbed asked the public to vote on which neighborhoods have stood out the most this past year. So far, Bloomingdale and Shaw have moved on to the next round by beating Georgetown and NoMa, respectively. Now, it's time to pit two other neighborhoods together, this time Glover Park and LeDroit Park. These two Northwest neighborhoods are known for their primarily residential atmospheres and have been on the rise with less crime, more renovations, and a slowly growing retail and restaurant scene. Also, if you think Brookland is better than Woodridge (or the other way around), be sure to also vote in this poll. In an article published in March of 2011, UrbanTurf described Glover (rhymes with "lover") Park as being the preppiest neighborhood in the city due to its proximity to Georgetown University and popularity among upper-class families. The neighborhood's popularity for families has grown with a 25 percent increase in the number of kids and teenagers who live in the area, according to Census data comparing 2000's numbers to 2010. One highlight of the neighborhood that attracts families is Glover Park Day, an annual festival held every June with live music, food from local restaurants, and kids' activities. In the neighborhood, there are also two Victory gardens available for residents to harvest crops. Every day, residents are also able to hear the sounding of colors synchronized to the nation's Master Clock due to how close the area is to the Naval Observatory. When it comes to restaurants and retail options, Glover Park's choices are mostly on Wisconsin Avenue NW. For any tips on where to eat in the area, be sure to consult Eater DC, Curbed's sister site.
LeDroit Park was one of the first suburbs ever developed in Washington, D.C. and offers an array of Victorian mansions and rowhouses. Residents are able to enjoy a community garden, urban agriculture education center, playground, and dog park. Throughout the neighborhood, one can also discover murals. In the 1990s, the neighborhood was more known for dilapidated properties and drug markets, but today, one can find clean brick-lined streets, a quiet atmosphere, and a restored Howard Theater. A few notable former residents include jazz legend Duke Ellington; Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, who was the first African-American to receive the Nobel Peace prize; Edward Brooke, who was the first African-American to win the senate seat by popular vote; and Benjamin O. Davis Sr., who was the first African-American general. If interested in learning about the restaurant options in LeDroit Park, Curbed's sister site Eater DC will fill you in.
The below poll will close at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 17.