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Welcome back to Neighborhood Style Showdown, our quest to determine the Philly region's most stylish neighborhood.
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After three rounds and 1,008 total votes, we're about to crown a victor as the Philly area's most stylish 'hood. But first, a look back. We started with eight contenders: Northern Liberties, Haddonfield, Rittenhouse Square, Chestnut Hill, Old City, East Passyunk, the Main Line, and Manayunk. Rittenhouse Square and NoLibs—two of the competition's stronger challengers—didn't even make it into Round Two, which proved that the key to progressing in this contest was the rally cry of neighborhood organizations and their respective boutiques. Case in point: The support of Manayunk locals was enough to push the neighborhood all the way to the finals, where it squared off against Old City.
We left the polls open all weekend, and after 555 votes, the results are in: With a total of 309 votes, Old City is Philadelphia's most stylish neighborhood. Arguably, the section of North Third Street between Market and Race offers the area's highest concentration of awesome shopping; indie boutiques like Lost + Found, Briar Vintage, and Vagabond provide an incomparable mix of vintage and emerging labels—and where there are cool boutiques, there are stylish people. What do you think? Does Old City deserve the crown? Sound off in the comments or forever hold your peace.