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Boston Starchitects; Cambridge Rents; 'Stairs of Fabulousness'

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Catch up on this week's top neighborhood news with Curbed Boston.

BOSTON—The city on Wednesday evening revealed the winners of its Public Space Invitational, a contest that drew 72 ideas for new designs and features for the city's shared areas. The winning bids include the "Stairs of Fabulousness" for City Hall's decidedly un-fabulous interior. The nonskid tape will make the stairs "400 percent more fabulous."

HUB-WIDE—Our starchitecture map includes the very first American starchitect, Charles Bulfinch (he of the Massachusetts State House and myriad other downtown Boston landmarks), as well as living legends such as Renzo Piano (the Isabella Stewart Gardner addition) and Fumihiko Maki (M.I.T.'s Media Lab).

CAMBRIDGE—Just in time for the summer rental season, a look the "cold pockets" in five different neighborhoods—those enclaves where the median 1-BR apartment rent is not just lower, but significantly lower than the same figure for the neighborhood as a whole. And here are 10 options under $2,500 a month available in Somerville right this very second.

SEAPORT—Here come the tiniest hotel rooms in Boston, courtesy of a proposed Yotel off Seaport Boulevard.