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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Lower Haight vs. (9) Eureka Valley

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the San Francisco neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Around this time of year, the Lower Haight is a force to be reckoned with. The neighborhood consistently places in the Curbed Cup final four—and it took the trophy in both 2011 and 2012—thanks to its winning combination of cheap late-night eats, dependable dives, and boutique shopping. Home to both the world's most expensive sundae and the punk bar where the Google Glass attack went down, the Lower Haight is contradiction dipped in a delectable coating of Wing Wings sauce.

Eureka Valley has been gaining in the luxury market and, along with Cole and Noe valleys, is stealing thunder from traditional frontrunners Pacific Heights and Telegraph Hill. Flippers have taken notice, as has Mark Zuckerberg, whose drawn-out renovations to his $10M pied-à-terre were extensive enough to show up on Google Street View. If the neighborhood advances, we hope to see it in a knock-down, drag-out with Pac Heights.

Poll results

· The 2011 Curbed Cub Neighborhood of the Year: Lower Haight! [Curbed SF]
· The Curbed Cub Neighborhood of the Year: Lower Haight! [Curbed SF]
· Three Twins Offers $3.3K World's Most Expensive Sundae [Eater SF]
· Woman Claims Attack at Molotov's Over Google Glass [Eater SF]
· Eureka, Noe, Cole Valleys Reach New Heights in Luxury Market [Curbed SF]
· Eureka Valley Edwardian Dumps Edward for Someone Richer [Curbed SF]
· Mark Zuckerberg's Insane Reno Caught on Google Street View [Curbed SF]