Welcome back to Curbed Cup 2015! Our initial Elite 8 has been whittled down to the Final Four after a week of voting. Today's matchup pits (3) University City against (7) Kensington. Cast your vote below!
University City (3)—This West Philly neighborhood makes its debut in Curbed Cup, and for good reason: In 2015 University City met its 75,000 jobs milestone; experienced an 11 percent increase in population since 2013; and has saw a 24 percent increase in restaurant establishments since 2009. And there's no ignoring the ongoing construction along the Schuylkill River (i.e. the FMC Tower) and on Chestnut St. It's no wonder Property Brothers development company snatched up seven residential properties in UC this year alone.
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.