The first round of the Curbed Cup roars along. Remember: Polls open for 24 hours and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Let the eliminations continue!
East Passyunk (2)—What more can be said about East Passyunk? This South Philly neighborhood won the first two years of Curbed Cup, and it only continues to be a hot spot for new restaurants, bars, and adorable boutiques. It's no wonder home prices have continued to skyrocket in this area, where "everyone looks out for others, old neighbors and new," as one Curbed commenter noted. Development is ongoing, too, with the community weighing in on a contentious mixed-use development at 9th and Washington, and the re-use of the former Bok Technical High School, now dubbed the Bok Building.
Kensington (7)—This North Philly neighborhood—which encompasses a series of sub-neighborhoods, including East, Lower, and West Kensington—is feeling the heat from Fishtown. As housing prices continue to rise in that hipster haven, more first-time home owners have looked to Kensington for more affordable options. And developers have noticed: Postgreen Homes has established plenty of their projects in the mostly industrial area, filling once-vacant lots with modern homes. Other signs of revitalization: The opening of New Liberty Distillery in the Crane Arts complex, the continued growth of Greensgrow Farms on E. Cumberland St., and the annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival.