Welcome to the final round of Curbed Cup 2015! And what an exciting one it is: Kensington (7) and Pennsport (8), the two underdogs of the tourney, fought their way past six other neighborhoods to make it to the championship. The winner of Curbed Cup 2015—determined by you, dear readers—will earn the title of the Philly's Neighborhood of the Year. Polls are open until December 31 at midnight. The winner will be announced January 4. Best of luck to the two finalists!
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.
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.