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Curbed Cup 1st round: (4) Treme vs. (13) Central City

Does size matter in this match? Cast your vote now!

Treme holds many Creole cottages in New Orleans.
Photos courtesy of June Krug

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. We’ll reveal each of the neighborhoods this week, and polls will be open for 24 hours so you can cast your vote as to which ones should advance. Let the eliminations commence!


New Orleans’s second-oldest neighborhood is back for a shot at the title for the city’s best neighborhood. Last year Treme faced and lost against 2016 Curbed Cup runner-up Mid-City.

This rectangular neighborhood holds several local restaurants and music venues. When considering green space, it encompasses much of the Lafitte Greenway, Louis Armstrong Park, and Congo Square. And if you’re looking to learn about New Orleans history, you’ll find the Backstreet Cultural Museum and Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum here, too.

In January of 2017, Redfin ranked Treme among its 10 Hottest Neighborhoods of 2017. Though, that’s not to hard to believe when it holds many of New Orleans’s best Creole cottages.

In the first season of CNBC’s The Deed, Sidney D. Torres devoted one episode to assist a developer in restoring a home in Treme.

Central City

This neighborhood is home to the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans Jazz Market, and a group of locally-owned shops and businesses on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

The largest development in Central City includes the Oretha Castle Haley Streetscape project that the city finished in April of 2017. The project removed the neutral ground between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Felicity Street, repaved sidewalks and asphalt, and added trees throughout the corridor.

In May, the Mayor’s office announced a new community center at 1814 Magonlia Street. The new $450,000 facility will have support NORDC activities and STEM and arts programming.

In July, a developer proposed an environmental-friendly hotel near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Highlights of this planned 42-room hotel include its solar panels, efficient washers and dryers, and environmentally-friendly paint.

Now, the decision is in your hands: Which neighborhood should advance to the next round? Cast your vote in the poll below.