The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, kicked off with 16 areas vying for the trophy. For this week's Elite Eight, we'll have two matchups per day, with a Final Four announced on Wednesday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins.
South Beach differs from other parts of South Florida in that there's no other place offering such a versatile platter of dining, entertainment and living options. Despite the constant shredding of roads and events at times causing mind-numbing traffic, residents put up with it because despite some chaos, it's worth it in the end. 2015 has been a massive year of luxury hotel and condo development, from 1 Hotel to Faena. And not everything on the island is exorbitantly priced, you just need to know where to look. Take Soundscape Cinema, for example. The weekly wall-projection movie experience on 17th Street and Washington is free. Bring pillows, a bottle of wine and a blanket, grab nearby takeout and boom - the ultimate date night. Then there's the over-the-counter Huahua's off Lincoln Road - home of the best tacos in South Florida. Now we just need to figure out how to save South Beach from rising sea levels...
Edgewater development is popping as Brickell and Downtown Miami prices soar. Just east of Wynwood and Midtown, condos are sprouting, from Elysee to Aria, to name a couple. Walkability is improving along Biscayne Boulevard. Margaret Pace Park is becoming one of the best parks in South Florida, offering bay views, a dog-friendly atmosphere and wide variety of sports, like basketball and beach volleyball. It even hosted a European soccer watch party in the fall. Developer Melo Group is undoubtedly imprinting on the area.
· 2015 Curbed Cup Coverage [Curbed Miami]