Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
[Photos: BRIGHTERFASTER via Sergio/american dream via Eric]
Hayes Valley secured its advancement in the Curbed Cup by defeating Noe Valley with 61.3% of the votes. The neighborhood's undergone severe gentrification to be the destination it is today, and it has no plans on slowing down. The Hayes Valley Farm needs to pack up shop and move so that condos can be developed. There's the Proxy Project, which one of the many reasons San Francisco's foodies are flocking to the pop-up installment. And as Nicole Grant put it, "if you live here, you will reside in a shoebox, shop too much, and order in all of the time - and you'll love it."
Certainly the biggest upset so far was the Presidio narrowly beating out Yerba Buena by a couple dozen votes. The Presidio is home to a full-sized replica of Yoda (it's a fountain!) in Lucasfilm Ltd.'s headquarters. 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 nabe.