After weeks of spirited competitions and a record number of votes, the Best Atlanta Neighborhood 2023 tournament has come to a close, and Hapeville has officially triumphed as this year's victor!

More than 36,000 votes came in across all contests in the 16-seed tourney, which goes to show how Atlanta is truly a patchwork of wonderful neighborhoods and ITP places, a city brimming with neighborhood pride.

Yes, ITP cities are allowed to compete in the tournament of neighborly excellence, and Hapeville—a growing, historic southside municipality with enviable airport accessibility—proved itself motivated time and again. This was Hapeville's first tournament appearance, no less. 

No, Hapeville isn’t an Atlanta neighborhood. But in 2023 it added add a nifty public greenspace and splash pad fed by natural springs, while just a few blocks from Hapeville's charming downtown, Porsche’s second phase debuted with a new 1.3-mile handling circuit that’s nothing short of exhilarating. Elsewhere, the thoughtful remake of a 1950s gas station came alive, while Hapeville’s residential explosion continued with projects such as Signal and Serenity, among many other happenings.

Last month, Hapeville garnered just enough nominations for a No. 14 seed—which means it had no easy path to glory. Earlier victories came over West Midtown, Edgewood, and in a post-Christmas nail-biter, East Atlanta.

In the Championship round, Hapeville ended Reynoldstown’s valiant quest for 2023 hardware, capturing 57 percent of a whopping 14,285 votes in the final contest.  

For rising up and winning, Hapeville is the recipient of a year’s worth of good mojo. And the third-annual (virtual) Golden Urby Chalice of Champions!

The Golden Urby Chalice of Champions 2023.

Throughout the end of 2023 and now 2024, Hapeville proved itself exceptionally proud and capable of rallying widespread support.

Here’s permission to keep on bragging, Hapeville, all year long!

The hallowed pantheon of Best Atlanta Neighborhood tournament winners:

2011: Inman Park

2012: Old Fourth Ward

2013: Kirkwood 

2014: Reynoldstown 

2015: West End

2016: East Atlanta  

2017: West End (again)

2018-2020: (forced hiatus)

2021: Mozley Park

2022: Avondale Estates

2023: Hapeville 


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