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!
By a landslide, Petworth is moving on to the next round of the Curbed Cup with a whopping 247 vote difference from Columbia Heights. Now, it's time to see which other neighborhoods decide to make it to the final four. Today, you have to decide between Bloomingdale and Shaw. You only have 24 hours to vote, so be sure to vote asap. Below, you will be able to see the original blurbs written about each neighborhood:
Competing against [Shaw] for the Curbed Cup is Bloomingdale, a Northwest neighborhood known for its walkability and dozens of restaurant, bar, and retail options. One Curbed reader who nominated the neighborhood described Bloomingdale as "the place where almost everyone knows your name." According to UrbanTurf, the neighborhood was once crime-ridden, but has risen with tree-lined streets, hipsters, and Victorian row houses. Some of the most notable developments in the area include the McMillan Sand Filtration Site and Crispus Attucks Park, a community-managed and -owned greenspace. Some of the most well-known former residents include Founder of the American Federation of Labor (eventually became the AFL-CIO) Samuel Gompers and Broadway singer and dancer Chita Rivera. Eater has all the deets on the best of the best restaurants in the area.
As the birthplace of Duke Ellington, Shaw is known for being one of the main thoroughfares of Washington, D.C.'s food and nightlife scenes. According to We Love DC, the area used to be a hotbed for jazz in the 1920s and 1930s and was later negatively affected by the riots in the 1960s and the crack epidemic in the 1990s. Since then, the neighborhood has been in the process of renewal with large-scale redevelopment projects, renovations, and new government-funded projects. For the year 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser has allocated $100 million to housing projects and homeless services with the goal to also maintain affordable housing in Shaw. If you enter the neighborhood today, you will find a bustling retail hub and a restored Howard Theater. Be sure to check out Curbed's sister site, Eater, for news on the food scene.
The below poll closes at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 23.