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Curbed Cup Final Four: (5) Lower Haight vs. (8) Hayes Valley

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We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup today and tomorrow—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin on Thursday. Let the eliminations continue!

[Photos: BRIGHTERFASTER via Sergio/Haight Shopping via Scott Cox]

The Lower Haight still boasts late-night eateries, some of the city's best bars, quirky public art, and a great location that's hard to beat when it comes to lovers of parks, Muni, or bicycles. But the year has been rough: an amazing public mural was vandalized beyond recognition and a fire hit the center of the neighborhood at Haight and Fillmore. True to form, Lower Haighters have met these setbacks with a neighborhood spirit: getting together to clean up the mural and hosting fundraiser after fundraiser for victims of the fire. A classy bunch like that surely deserves your love.

Hayes Valley has 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."

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