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Curbed Cup First Round: (3) South Beach vs. (14) Potrero Hill

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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!

[Photos: Quitting Time via Chris Saulit/Bring Your Own Big Wheel 2011 via Bhautik Joshi]

South Beach has seen its fair share of development in the past ten years and has no plans of slowing down. All the newish fancy residential towers that are packed with amenities are in South Beach (we're looking at you, Infinity Towers), and AT&T Park is barely ten years old. And now there's talk of a Warriors arena being constructed directly next to the stadium. And hey, how about that Transbay Terminal? It's also home to some of the best and most expensive lofts in the city.

South Beach has some tough competition. Potrero Hill won the 2010 Curbed Cup, and has no plans on handing over the crown as the best neighborhood in San Francisco. But unlike South Beach, Potrero Hill has not seen much development. Still, though, the people who live there love it and even call themselves "lifers," meaning they're never moving out of the neighborhood. Potrero Hill still has the same pros as last year: you can quickly find parking and you can buy a slick piece of contemporary residential real estate for under one million bucks. Let the voting begin!

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