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!
Everything is looking good for Hayes Valley, even the doomed Hayes Valley Farm has lived to see another day. The old freeway's scar is slowly disappearing with every new housing development. Meanwhile the neighborhood maintains its role as a foodie heaven thanks to "the next Frances" Rich Table. Proxy Project is still growing, and with the addition of Suppenküche's Biergarten, Patricia's Green has become the city's coolest piazza-style park. Next month alone Hayes will welcome Schulzies Bread Pudding, Noir Wine Bar, and the 35,000 square foot SFJAZZ Center. - Victor Obeck
Russian Hill, on the other hand, is a more reserved and preserved neighborhood. Not much changes around those parts, but that's okay because it's pretty picturesque. It's got some of the most beautiful homes with some of the best views of the city, but you have to pay a pretty penny (well, bazillions of pennies) to be able to call the 'hood your home. Lombard's crooked street is tourist central, and so are the quaint pebbled paths like famed Macondray Lane. People who live there can be jerks though.