And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon, January 1. Let the final battle begin!
[Haight Shopping via Scott Cox/russian hill via Jason Rosete]
We've arrived at the moment we've all been waiting for: the final showdown of this year's Curbed Cup tournament. Our contenders are two well established neighborhoods, meaning no new nabes or microhoods made it to the final round. First we have the Lower Haight, fresh from a strong win over its neighbor Hayes Valley. What was the year like for the Lower Haight? Full of ups and downs. 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.
The other possible neighborhood of the year is Russian Hill, which only just eked out a win over Bernal Heights in the Final Four. Russian Hill's the neighborhood for the 1%. 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. So which neighborhood wins it all?