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Curbed Cup Final Four: (2) Mid-City vs. (3) Bywater

Which neighborhood will advance?

The Canal Streetcar line runs through Mid-City.
Photo by Infrogmation, via 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!


Similar to last year, developments blossomed in this Curbed Cup 2016 runner-up neighborhood.

The relocation of the Ruby Slipper’s Cortez Street cafe is among Mid-City’s most recent developments. Opening this December, the new space—formerly a carpenters union hall—will have 4,900 square feet allotted to the restaurant. Its second floor will hold its corporate offices, which is currently based in the Bywater.

At the beginning of the year, fitness organization FitLot opened a 1,000-square-foot outdoor exercise facility on the Lafitte Greenway. Near St. Louis Street, the New Orleans Redevelopment Fund broke ground on its $4 million mixed-use complex, which will open in early 2018. Curbed NOLA created this development map to track the transformations on the Greenway.

Other neighborhood highlights include its iconic Canal Streetcar line, the Jefferson Davis Parkway Trail, and the Lafitte Greenway.


After winning Curbed Cup back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, this hip and quirky neighborhood will try its luck for 2017.

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This year, many developers have planned new condominiums in the Bywater. While only one is under construction this year, developers estimate that units will sell for at least $300,000 each.

Earlier this summer, the City of New Orleans and Port of New Orleans closed a deal for a riverfront expansion. The Port will hand over the Esplanade and Governor Nicholls wharves, allowing the city to turn it into public park space. In total, the acquired area would add an additional 2.6 miles of riverfront access, continued from the 1.4-mile Crescent Park.

In November, the Bywater’s Green Project expanded its creative reuse facility under a new partnership with the Preservation Resource Center.

This past November, residents of New Orleans paraded though the Bywater into the Lower 9th Ward to honor the late Fats Domino. While the residents took the streets, the trek was fairly easy, considering the Bywater ranks among the 10 neighborhoods with the highest Bike and Walk Scores.

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