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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (10) La Lengua vs. (15) Russian Hill

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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!

[russian hill via Jason Rosete]

La Lengua beat out the Panhandle by securing 51.4% of the vote. 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. Will the little microhood that could continues to dominate the competition?

And then we have Russian Hill, the neighborhood for the 1%. Russian Hill destroyed Mid-Market in the first round of the Curbed Cup. It's got the bulk of what most people think is quintessential San Francisco: hills and views and vegetation. Also: very, very, very exclusive and pricey real estate. Tourists flock to it for its curvy street (yes, we're talking about Lombard) and epic cable car rides. Residents flock to it if they're comfortable with $2,500+ monthly HOA dues and being featured in the Nob Hill Gazette.

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