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!
Warehouse District/CBD. This 'hood, a previously nine-to-five oriented part of town, pulled a big upset by beating the two-time champ Bywater in round 1. It has seen a lot of growth this year: Spearheaded by the South Market District, the neighborhood has seen a ton of residential development and the opening of a cluster of hip eateries and shops—plus amenities residents actually need, like a CVS and fitness studios. Even before that, Rouses moved into the 'hood, providing the area with an affordable local supermarket. With the nearby Civic Theater and fun restaurants like Johnny Sanchez, the nightlife is pretty hot, too. For a young, well-do-to urbanite, this is the place to be.
Central City. Barely beating Gentilly in round 1, this neighborhood has seen a ton of recent development on its main thoroughfare, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: the New Orleans Jazz Market, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and most recently, Roux Carre (and there's the sort of open Dryades Public Market in the area). Neighborhood stalwarts like Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and Ashe Cultural Arts Center continue to hold it down, making this 'hood eminently walkable. A lot of home buyers are taking notice, making the neighborhood a "real estate hotspot." A perennial concern for this neighborhood, however, is the high crime.