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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (6) Nob Hill vs. (11) Bernal Heights

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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!

Our second Curbed Cup matchup of the day gains a little altitude, pitting six-seed Nob Hill against the scrappy, but lovable Bernal Heights. In a town so famously full of hills, Nob Hill has a reputation to uphold as the flagship summit overlooking the rest of the city. Criss-crossed by historic cable cars and topped with plenty of stunning examples of classic architecture, Nob Hill is the movie-set version of San Francisco and it's a really big budget production.

Bernal Heights, on the other hand, is a quietly quirky indie flick with surprising appeal. There's just enough drama to keep things interesting and plenty of color to go around, but Bernal Heights never seems to be hurting for attention. Of course, it was only a matter of time until the locals started getting cocky and declaring authority over their neighbors below - but then again, Nob Hill has been doing that for years. So what'll it be, folks? Vote away!

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2010 coverage [Curbed SF]
[Nob Hill photo via; Bernal Heights photo via.]