We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup today and tomorrow—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin on Wednesday. Let the eliminations continue!
The Panhandle managed another fairly close victory in its match-up with the Mission, and now the neighborhood's march to Curbed Cup glory continues. The Panhandle didn't receive a lot of buzz in 2010, but that hasn't eliminated it from the competition. Being much more compact, the Panhandle offers plenty of opportunities to interact with the neighbors, and a smattering of hotspots like NOPA, Chile Pies, Mojo Bicycle Cafe have gotten their own nods from the Gray Lady. There's also a nice selection of transit lines around the easily-bikeable, centrally-located Panhandle.
Trying to block the Panhandle's rise to the top is Potrero Hill, coming off a victory over Hayes Valley. Potrero Hill is still a top contender for "we're having another kid so we're moving to Potrero Hill." It's one of the only neighborhoods you can find decent parking in under 15 minutes. It's got a nice selection of eco-friendly architecture and recently built contemporary houses. And those hills! If you've got the cash, you can score a pretty amazing pad with stellar views. But its major development moves slowly. Let the voting begin!
· All Curbed Cup 2010 coverage [Curbed]