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Curbed Cup Final Four: (9) Lower Haight vs. (12) Dogpatch

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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!

[Lower Haight photo via Curbed SF/Dogpatch photo via Ariel Dovas]

The Lower Haight was crowned the 2011 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year, so the Dogpatch has got some pretty tough competition. The Lower Haight's become more desirable than ever, which is a mixed blessing because asking prices are up for buyers and rental rates are at an all-time high. That said, it's still one of the best neighborhoods for cheap, late night eats and inexpensive imbibing. We're also really excited about the 55 Laguna Housing Project.

The Dogpatch has an excellent mixture of old and new. It's home to the Hells Angels Clubhouse but also the recently built Milwheel South development, where condos quickly sold for more than $750K. When local nonprofit BAYCAT had its campus robbed in July, folks from all over San Francisco helped with donations to get it back on its feet. And hey, its residents are already partaking in a bit of turf war over a proposed 19,000-square-foot medical office building. The Chocolate Lab on 22nd Street made it onto Eater SF's list of where to eat right now, which adds to the neighborhood's growing popularity.
Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2012 [Curbed]