SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance (DSA) is urging fans of downtown Somerville’s diverse restaurants, special events and fast-growing retail scene to show their appreciation by voting in New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s first ever Downtown Showdown.

Beginning Sept. 1, the publication will begin accepting votes in an online-only bracket-style elimination competition at www.njmonthly.com for the top 16 Garden State downtowns identified by the editors of New Jersey Monthly in their September 2015 issue. Choices were based on factors including ambience, architecture, attractions and amenities such as dining and shopping, all described in a feature titled, “Our Favorite Downtowns.”

The competition will start with the 16 contenders, including in alphabetical order, Asbury Park, Cape May, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Hoboken, Jersey City, Lambertville, Maplewood, Montclair, Morristown, Princeton, Red Bank, Ridgewood, Somerville, Summit and Westfield.

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The field will be cut in half each week throughout the month of September, based on the online voting. A new round will begin each Tuesday until the championship round starts on Sept. 22. Readers can check njmonthly.com each week to see which towns have been eliminated, and which towns have been paired in the new round of competition.

“We are excited to be included among New Jersey’s top downtowns by the magazine, and hope the competition encourages even more people to experience the great things Somerville has to offer,” said Beth Anne Macdonald, DSA’s executive director. “We receive tremendous feedback from people who love our restaurants, our growing list of boutiques and retail businesses and our year-round schedule of activities and programs. Almost 150 images were submitted in our recent #SomervilleSomerLovin contest, which allowed us to use the power of social media to showcase our fans’ favorites by sharing their photos and videos from downtown Somerville well beyond our borders.”

For up-to-date directories of businesses and restaurants or more information about programs and services provided by the Downtown Somerville Alliance, visit downtownsomerville.com, or follow news from Somerville on social media at Facebook.com/DowntownSomervilleAlliance and Instagram.com/DowntownSomerville.