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Curbed Cup Round 1: Downtown Versus The MiMo District

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the New York City neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Downtown Miami is the center of Miami's past and Miami's future, both at huge scales. Ten years ago Downtown Miami was a gritty, grimy (for Miami) urban jungle (again, for Miami) just on the cusp of a big revival, with new condo luxury towers in the planning stages and under construction and some people wondering, despite the booming economy, who would ever want to live in that neighborhood enough to fill them. Don't even mention walking around after dark. Now, giant mixed-use megaprojects are being built blocks to the north, the south, and right in the middle. Substantial historic preservation projects are underway, including the Langford Hotel. A full blown archeology museum is coming to the lobby of a new tower. And speaking of new museums, there are already a number in and around D-town, with a big new Latin American Art Museum on the way. The Miami River is coming alive with new life, like restaurants, and residential. And, if it actually actually gets built, SkyRise Miami will have a great view.

Up Biscayne Boulevard, an historic collection of MiMo architecture is the them for the MiMo District, where life is good. Just off Biscayne Boulevards is everything from cute garden apartments to large, historic estates. The Vagabond Motel was meticulously restored and reopened, which developer Avra Jain is following with other midcentury revivals. This was found under a 1970s facade. The street has come alive with new shops and restaurants. Oh, and the building that is finally filling that empty lot on 57th Street will actually look really good.

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2014 coverage [Curbed Miami]