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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (4) Treme vs. (12) Lower Garden District

Which established neighborhood will advance to the final four?

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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 district 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.

Lower Garden District

This past November, Hot Spot Rentals named the Lower Garden District one of the Hottest Neighborhoods in America, scoring the highest in walkability and budget.

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This expansive neighborhood is known best for its beautiful mansions and homes, Annunciation and Coliseum squares, pocket parks, and several of locally-owned businesses that line Magazine Street.

On the development side, we have seen plans for creating a 210-unit, mixed-use apartment complex at 1201 Annunciation Street. A new 28-unit condominium, Residence Josephine, opened near the Lower Garden District in July.

Over the next year, the Lower Garden District will hold five of the city’s upcoming bike-share stations.

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