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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (5) Petworth vs. (4) Columbia Heights

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

[Left: Petworth's fourth most expensive listing currently on the market via Redfin; Right: Columbia Height's Tivoli Theatre via Wikimedia Commons]


Curbed readers were able to narrow down which eight Washington, D.C. neighborhoods were the best of the best this year, and now it's time to narrow down which of the elite eight deserve to move on to the semifinals. To start off the second round, Curbed readers will have to decide if Petworth was better than Columbia Heights this year or vice versa. In the first round, Petworth narrowly beat H Street Corridor by only 14 votes, while Columbia Heights demolished Cathedral Heights by 69 votes.

If interested in seeing which eight neighborhoods were named the best of the year, you can see the full bracket here.

Below, you will be able to see the original blurbs written about each neighborhood:

Petworth is known for its diverse population, hip hangout spots, and primarily residential setting. It is noted by DataLensDC as one of the most home flipped neighborhoods in the city. National real estate brokerage Redfin listed the neighborhood as one of the most competitive neighborhoods for homebuyers in 2014. When the list was published in December 2014, Redfin reported that the median sale price in the neighborhood was $571,500, and since then the median sale price has dropped to $518,000, according to data calculated in the last 90 days. One Curbed reader who nominated Petworth for the Curbed Cup, said, "This past year has seen dynamic, community-focused business growth along the Upshur Street Corridor and Georgia Avenue ... Petworth has become a destination even for President Obama, who patronized Upshur Street Books this year on Small Business Saturday." For suggestions on where to eat in the neighborhood, be sure to consult Curbed's sister site, Eater DC.

Columbia Heights was once a primarily residential neighborhood, but in the early part of the twentieth century, the area transformed into an urban center before the 1968 riots caused a myriad of residents to move out and stores to become vacant, according to We Love DC. Today, the area is known for its variety of retail options, from Target to Bed Bath and Beyond to Best Buy. As a mixed-use neighborhood, Columbia Heights is also one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in the city. Another big plus to the area is the Meridian Hill Park. Two major issues to the neighborhood are its gangs and drugs, reports We Love DC. One Curbed reader who nominated Columbia Heights, said, "Everything is within walking distance (grocery store, shopping district, small businesses, schools)."

The below poll closes at 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, December 22.
Poll results


· Petworth coverage [Curbed DC]
· Columbia Heights coverage [Curbed DC]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [Curbed DC]