More that half of the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Miami neighborhood of the year. This week we're having one matchup a day—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by tomorrow only two contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
As finalists are determined for the Curbed Cup 2013 tourney, which neighborhood will come up against Sunset Harbour for the win, Downtown (the urban core of Downtown that is) or Brickell? Like it was in the last boom, Brickell is a hive of activity with mybrickell finishing up completion, the megaproject Brickell City Centre, 1100 Millecento, BrickellHouse, and NINE at Mary Brickell Village all under construction, and seemingly dozens of other projects all in the planning stages. Of all the giant new things coming to Brickell, Related just announced earlier this month a huge Miami River-fronting trio of towers to be designed by Cesar Pelli.
Construction is just coming alive again in the urban heart of Miami, Downtown, where a conglomeration of buildings of various ages, styles, and states of repair create Miami's most richly urban area with some great street life. Completing what was started in the previous boom, new towers are filling in the mouth of the Miami River, but other great new things are happening too. The city is getting a monumental new train station in the heart of downtown, while incremental improvements are happening along the Miami River. Finally, Downtown's proposed 'Downtown Pedestrian Priority Zone' will tame those wild street, giving Miami the super-walkable urban core it seriously needs.
· Curbed Cup 2013 coverage [Curbed Miami]