The Curbed Cup, our (from now on) annual award to the Philadelphia neighborhood of the year, kicks off with 16 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!
The neighborhood boundaries of "Rittenhouse Square" can get pretty porous in real estate listings. That's because the housing on the perimeter of Rittenhouse Square park is prestigious, and the restaurants and retail corridor on Walnut Street convey a tony air to this rather pretty and centrally located area.
In other corner we've got lovely Mt. Airy (West and East), which also received a plethora of nominations. We'll let a Curbed commenter make the case for why Mt. Airy deserves the title: