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Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Elite Eight

Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Elite Eight

NB: This round has already been decided -- check out the results here!

The big news coming out of the Sweet Sixteen? Bike share is out, losing by a mere 38 votes (out of more than 1,000 cast) to real-time arrival clocks.

Most of you had bike share in the Elite Eight in your brackets, and yet when it came time to vote, you went with the clocks.
What gives, people? Are you trying to sabotage yourselves?

The stadium, arguably the most common of all of the remaining contenders, at least in the U.S., received the least votes of all. Did readers vote against it because they already have one, or because they are tired of wasting tax dollars on its construction? Whatever the reason, the stadium is through -- and the festival is through to the next round.

Have I lost you? Check out the first and second posts on the urbanist bracket to find out how we got to where we are. 

Since points for right answers double as the rounds go on, this thing is still wide open. Here's the current leader-board (cut off after the top five because there are a lot of brackets with 27 points):

Name Round of 32 Sweet Sixteen Total points
James Reynolds 14 8 30
Joey Sandmann 14 8 30
Alex Dodds 15 7 29
Daniel Carreira 16 6 28
Tim Ganser 12 8 28


The average point total right now of the 100+ brackets in competition, by the way, is between 22 and 23.

While we're at it, we'll show you how the Cities staff stacks up:

Name Round of 32 Sweet Sixteen Total points
Sommer Mathis 14 7 28
Sara Johnson 13 6 25
John Metcalfe 12 6 24
Henry Grabar 13 5 23
Amanda Erickson 11 5 21
Emily Badger 10 4 18


And here is your updated bracket, should you choose to download it:

If you're confused about what these things are, check out the initial bracket post from last week.

Now to business: selecting the Final Four, and the winners of each regional. All four top seeds are still in competition, along with a two seed, a three seed, and two six-seeds. 

Sidewalk Ballet

The SB stayed perfect again, though second-seed pedestrian street, which beat food trucks 72-28, actually received more votes than top-seed (ha!) farmers' markets, which edged business improvement districts 69-31.

Worth noting here that with the food trucks' exit from the stage, we have the first of two incidents where bracket and life go hand in hand -- D.C. just announced new regulations that widely restrict where food trucks can operate downtown. (No word if construction of a pedestrian street will follow.)

Whose brackets are suffering? The green space people -- and there were quite a few -- who had chosen both pop-up parks and Wi-Fi in parks to advance. Others had repurposed malls going long after an early upset of pedestrian street. It was not to be.

That means that the Sidewalk Ballet regional -- named for Jane Jacobs' description of street life on her block of Hudson Street -- comes down to two worthy candidates: farmers' markets and pedestrian streets, with the winner to face the winner of the Ed Koch regional (see below).

 

Le Corbusier

Voters tossed out red light cameras early on, and then, as it was written in the bracket, so did legislators in Hartford and Albany, the latter incident prompting an explosion on Thursday from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

If only he, like DC Mayor Vince Gray, was following along on his bracket...

Anyway, the Le Corb bracket calmed down from a crazy first round, with congestion pricing and car share easily sealing places in the Elite Eight. Interesting... both Richard Florida and Harriet Tregoning had sixth-seeded congestion pricing in their Final Four.

Well, what's it going to be? The winner will go on to play the winner of the Dandyhorse...

 

Dandyhorse

Things were close in the Dandyhorse. The battle between real-time arrival clocks and bike share was not sealed until Thursday evening, when voting ended with the clocks in the lead by a few dozen votes, and with a percentage edge of 52-48. Now they face a tough challenge in the Elite Eight from bike lanes, which saw off the streetcar by a 61-39 margin.

 

Ed Koch

No two ways about it, voters wanted to see the waterfront promenade and the festival face off in the Elite Eight. The waterfront promenade was selected over highway decks with votes to spare; festival had an even more emphatic beating of stadium. 

Which will emerge champion of the Ed Koch regional?


Tune in next week as we unveil the Final Four and vote for the finals!

Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at The Atlantic Cities. He lives in New York. All posts »

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