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Curbed Cup Finals: (9) Lower Haight vs. (11) Hayes Valley

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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 2. Let the final battle begin!

[Lower Haight photo via Curbed SF/Hayes Valley photo via Sergio Ruiz]

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for—the 2012 Curbed Cup finals! Last year's champion, the Lower Haight, has once again made it to the final round by beating out the Dogpatch by just two votes in the previous round. The champ has seen continued interest this year. 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. Will the Lower Haight be the first ever Curbed Cup champion repeat?

The other finalist is Hayes Valley. There's plenty of housing development, and Proxy Project is still going strong. Pair that with the plethora of niche restaurants and the 35,000-square-foot SFJAZZ Center and it's no wonder the neighborhood's made it this far in the competition.

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