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Curbed Cup Final Four: (9) Bayou St. John vs. (12) Lower Garden District

Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

A pedestrian bridge spanning a small body of water. There are many people walking on the bridge.
Magnolia Bridge, a 19th-century swing bridge, is one of the most iconic sites in Bayou St. John.
Photo by Bart Everson/Wikimedia Commons

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!

Bayou St. John

The neighborhood named after the Bayou is vying for a chance to be New Orleans’s new Curbed Cup champion.

While primarily residential, Bayou St. John has a variety of locally-owned shops, grocery stores, coffeehouses, and restaurants that line Esplanade Avenue.

Bayou St. John ranks among the 10 most bikeable neighborhoods in New Orleans. And, the neighborhood will hold four Blue Bikes stations by next year.

This quiet neighborhood is known best for its springtime events. In April, its sister neighborhood the Fairgrounds holds the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, also known as Jazz Fest. In May, the MotherShip Foundation holds Bayou Boogaloo, one of the largest parties on and along the Bayou in New Orleans.

But who could miss Bayou St. John’s most iconic landmark that sets it apart from any other neighborhood in New Orleans? We’re talking about the super-cool Magnolia Bridge that crosses over the Bayou on Moss Street. In fact, the bridge will get a $1.3 million renovation starting next year, which will bring new life to the aged monument.

Lower Garden District

This past November, Hot Spot Rentals named the Lower Garden District one of the Hottest Neighborhoods in America.

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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 complexat 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.