Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Philadelphia neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
Before we begin today's celebrations, yes, there are two adjacent Passyunk areas vying for best neighborhood, which may seem a little goofy, but it's how the nominations shook out. So let's take a gander at some recent excitement for East Passyunk Crossing, by which we mean Eighth Street to Broad, Tasker to Snyder. The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation—which, according to its mission statement, owns real estate "primarily on the Passyunk Avenue retail corridor from Federal Street to McKean Street"—just got a Big Vision Award from City Paper for "the flourishing food scene along East Passyunk Avenue." Great job, PARC! (Yes, we know: It's also good news for Passyunk Square. Everyone should kiss and make up.)
Pennsport scored a Curbed Cup victory over University City, perhaps in part because of the immediate neighborhood crisis that hit the news: a fire at the garage where the Fralinger String Band kept its props and scenery. Miraculously, the Halloween-themed (?) sets didn't go up in flames; they just got waterlogged. The Fralinger crew has now "channeled their fundraising efforts into gathering donations for residents of the four neighboring homes that were evacuated." You can bet Two Street is going to be more emotional than ever this New Year's Day—and that's saying something.
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