Thousands of voters from around metro Atlanta have spoken. Blowouts, unbelievably close nail-biters, and wild upsets have ensued.

And now, Round 1 in Urbanize’s second-annual Best Atlanta Neighborhood tourney is officially in the books.

Atlanta: Meet your Elite Eight!

These eight contestants are still alive in the quest to claim everlasting Best Neighborhood glory (for at least a year) as determined by the voting public—in very public fashion. The only criteria is that you vote for the place you feel is doing it right, right now.

Reader nominations determined the field of 16 neighborhoods earlier this month. (Cities close to the ITP core of Atlanta, such as Decatur and College Park, were also permitted to enter, so long as enough people nominated them.)

The eight competitors left standing represent a wide, eclectic swath of the ITP universe, from the Westside to the extreme east, and many points between. There are scrappy underdogs and places that have been killing it—in terms of hype, at least—for years. Which one do you think will prevail, rising up to claim the crown?

The next contests will be held today and Tuesday.

The Final Four and Best Atlanta Neighborhood 2022 Championship come later this week. Thanks again to all who’ve participated (6,241 votes and counting). Now, onward!

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: ?

Tourney recap (Urbanize Atlanta)