Here it is: the 2015 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. Round one of our tournament features 16 ‘hoods vying for the coveted golden jpeg—we’ll have two matchups every day through Thursday, then take a look at our tournament bracket on Friday. Voting for each poll ends 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the games begin!
NoHo Plaza via Paul Krekorian; West Adams via Michael
North Hollywood is one of the most hospitable places in the Valley, and this year it hosted its first CicLAvia, opened a new pedestrian plaza, and saw work begin on a tunnel connecting the Red and Orange Lines. It’s also known for its (locally-owned, non-chain) restaurants and bars, including the Idle Hour, which opened in LA’s last barrel-shaped building back in February.
West Adams is not just one of the classiest architectural neighborhoods in the city, it’s also transit accessible, and now it’s even getting a grocery store. A developer announced plans this year to build an enormous complex by the Expo Line’s Jefferson/La Cienega stop; it’s set to have the tallest tower around and an enormous supermarket, among lots of other stuff. The ‘hood also has a nice little arts scene, with Gallery 38 opening this year and The Landing moving into a new space. West Adams also joined its nearby neighbors in University Park protesting oil drilling in the neighborhood.
· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed LA]