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Curbed Cup First Round: (7) The Panhandle vs. (10) La Lengua

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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!

[Photo via Jason Rosete]

The Panhandle (or NoPa if you're into naming an entire neighborhood after a newish restaurant) didn't receive a ton of buzz this year. Most young things call it home because of its central location and inexpensive housing. It's true, the Panhandle has a slew of sensible and even quirky condos that are decently priced around the 600K mark. And hey, it has San Francisco's first parklet.

Many a microhoods are creating each year, but how many stand the test of time? And more importantly, how many get a mention on local television? When La Lengua first popped on the scene people were skeptical, but then the Google Gods acknowledged it and most haters quietly accepted its existence. It's a fun nabe, one you can read more about here. Another reason it made the list: It helps out its neighbor during a time of need.
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