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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (2) South Beach vs. (10) Lower Haight

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

South Beach beat North Beach, but it was the Curbed Cup's closest battle in the first round with a 53.1% to 46.9% vote. 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. It also has its lounge-y temples to modern food and drink. But one reader told us that it's got "no culture, unless you're a Giants fan."

And then we have the Lower Haight, which beat out the Tenderloin with a 80.3% to 19.7% vote in the first round. As our own Abby Pontzer puts it, her neighborhood is "completely distinct from lovely but yuppie Hayes Valley to the East or touristy and druggie Upper Haight to the West." Lower Haight's got some of the coolest Victorians the city has to offer. Just this year the Nightingale House (Landmark No. 47) hit the market. As did a renovated 1913 firehouse, which quickly sold. What'll it be, readers? Every vote counts!
Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2010 coverage [Curbed SF]
[South Beach photo via; Lower Haight photo via.]