And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Philly neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon, January 2. Let the final battle begin!
Bring on the P'unk! Best Neighborhood of the Year comes down to East Passyunk Crossing (8th to Broad, Tasker to Snyder) vs. Passyunk Square (6th to Broad, Washington to Tasker)—a P'unk Off, a Grand P'unk Railroad, PassyunkSquared. Both neighborhoods were nominated separately, and we based all chosen competitors solely on reader nominations. While some who live in the two neighborhoods consider them one larger 'hood—East Passyunk—it's not unanimous so we have no comP'unktions about the contest coming down to this.
So rather than look at what unites the two neighborhoods, let's break down those things that set them apart—starting with the civic associations, which hold separate meetings to address issues that fall within the two different zip codes.
The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and the Passyunk Square Civic Association have a motto between them: "two civics, one East Passyunk." Nonetheless, they're not above a friendly wager. The civic association of the losing neighborhood will brave the 19147/19148 borderline and bring food from one area to the general meeting of the other. That's right, folks—these guys do NOT fool around.
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