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 Lower Haight continues its journey to Curbed Cup glory by obliterating the competition. First with the Tenderloin and then with South Beach. Each time the Lower Haight had over 75% of the vote. 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.
And then we have Bernal Heights, which first beat out Nob Hill and then knocked SoMa out of the competition. Bernal Heights 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. So what'll it be, folks?
· All Curbed Cup 2010 coverage [Curbed]