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!
Today's first matchup features some place new and some place old. In one corner we have Yerba Buena, the latest 'hood that's South of Market. Yerba Buena is bordered by Second and 5th streets and Harrison and Market streets. A few months ago, the city unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, which includes a 36-project road map for the next decade of parks, plazas, alleys, walking and bike paths, public art and open spaces in the neighborhood. Also: mobile parklets. The Westfield is investing $30M in the Metreon's revitalization, including a 85,000 square foot CityTarget store. And hey, how about that SFMOMA expansion? We predict that the #1 name given to babies in San Francisco in 2012 will be Snøhetta. Just kidding. (We hope.)
And in the other corner, The Curbed Cup's not-actually-that-scrappy underdog, the Presidio. It's home to some fabulous public art, including a full-sized replica of Yoda (it's a fountain!) in Lucasfilm Ltd.'s headquarters and some interactive pieces by art star Andy Golsworthy. The Presidio Officers' Club is so old, that some argue it's San Francisco's oldest building. We're also seriously digging the Presidio Trust's restoration of the park. And hey, even the famed Newsom clan contemplated renting a house in the Presidio. (Too bad they settled in Kentfield.)