The Curbed Cup, our award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 'hoods competing for a glorious JPEG of an illustrated trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!
It's a battle of the Beaches in our second matchup of the day, pitting the highly-seeded and recently revived South Beach neighborhood against classic San Francisco in North Beach. On the one hand, South Beach boasts a plethora of penthouses, all within walking distance of your yacht on the waterfront or our World Champion Giants at AT&T Park. North Beach, on the other hand, hasn't had a major sporting even to rally around since the Italians took the World Cup back in 2006, but what the neighborhood lacks in recent developments it more than makes up for in storied history. Likewise, South Beach has its lounge-y temples to modern food and drink, but North Beach is a pantheon of all things sauced: pizza, pasta and beat poets. North Beach also has the advantage of sitting on some actual rock, which is more than one can say for a large portion of South Beach where the original 1877 shoreline runs beneath the streets.