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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Queen Village vs. (9) Brewerytown

Which neighborhood should advance to the second round?

Queen Village

This South Philly neighborhood is often touted for its quaint rowhomes that boast plenty of colorful curb appeal. In fact, it was recently named the most charming neighborhood in the city. Residents boast about it being home to Fabric Row, which one reader described as “one of the oldest shopping districts in the city, where century-old fabric stores rub shoulders with awesome newer shops.” Not to mention that Queen Village is home to proactive citizens, as one commenter says. Case in point: There’s momentum to transform its Bainbridge Green into a park-friendly oasis—all while eliminating 10 percent of parking.

Brewerytown

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There’s no denying Brewerytown’s boom in recent years. The historic neighborhood that was once known for, as the name suggests, its plethora of breweries, today features a bustling retail corridor along Girard Avenue that boasts Flying Fish brew pub, Spot Burger, and soon, the second location of popular Fishtown haunt Pizza Brain. One would be remiss to mention the mix of new builds and adaptive reuse projects in the works, many of which developer MMPartners has spearheaded. As one nominator put it, “Brewerytown has a great price point where you can work right across bridge in University City, hop on Kelly or walk to Center City while paying around $1,500 for 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment.”