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 on Wednesday and Thursday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin on Friday. Let the eliminations continue!
NoPa (we're talking about the neighborhood, not the restaurant) is a flourishing neighborhood that shows no plans to slow down. There are plans to make its streets more bike and pedestrian friendly; a Bi-Rite's moving in; and there's no shortage of hip bars, coffee shops and boutiques to mingle in.
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