Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the New Orleans neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have match-ups on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only two contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
Mid-City trounced Holy Cross in the first round, which came as little surprise. This perennial favorite has seen a lot of development this past year with the opening of the University Medical Center and the Lafitte Greenway. This comes on the heels of massive retail development on North Carrollton Avenue with Mid-City Market, plus more stores on the way. Curbed commenter MidCityLegend says Mid-City is "a great neighborhood where neighbors are actually neighborly [and] local watering holes are actually local." Facurola says, "Great bars, great restaurants, parks and an authentic atmosphere. Not to even mention the architecture that even after many years keeps surprising me." NOLA-proud says it's great for young home-buyers: "Mid-City is the place to be for 20-30 year-olds and new home buyers. Not as suburban as Gentilly or as overpriced as the Lower Garden District."
In another sound defeat, Algiers Point crushed the LGD in that match-up. Neighbors love it because you get the best of both worlds: the affordability of an off-the-beaten-path spot, plus historic architecture and the CBD/French Quarter just a short ferry ride away. The neighborhood has a few friendly bars and eateries, and soon major developments—Deep South Studios, the Federal City redevelopment—will take shape near by. Of his 'hood, reader Spencer Douglass says: "It's a small walkable neighborhood with great houses. I live a half block from the river so I get to walk my dog overlooking cruise ships and the French Quarter with zero tourists. Also the ferry is a great way to the CBD and French Quarter without having to use a car. And the Crown and Anchor is a great bar. We need more restaurants, though!"