The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Philadelphia neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with eight areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
Fishtown (1)—As the winner of last year's Curbed Cup, Fishtown takes the number one seed for the 2015 tourney. The neighborhood's growth just won't quit, with new condos and apartments and renos popping up all the time. And adding to the neighborhood's bustling restaurant, retail, and music scene was the welcome addition of the Fillmore Philadelphia, which opened this year in the former Ajax Factory. "Fishtown should remain reigning champs!" one Curbed reader wrote. "It's artsy, craftsy, beautiful, and there's always something going on."
Pennsport (8)—One of the oldest areas in Philly—and home of the Mummers—South Philly's Pennsport is quickly rising. Located along the burgeoning Delaware River Waterfront, the neighborhood has quick access to both Washington Avenue Pier and Pier 68, the city's newest pier park that opened in September. Also of note: Its emerging restaurant scene and the ongoing demo and development at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital, which will include 95 new townhouse and four rain gardens.