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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) NoPa vs. (16) Inner Sunset

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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!

NoPa, sometimes billed as "the new Mission," straddles the line between fancy (as evidenced by the line outside Bi-Rite) and unfussy (as evidenced by the line outside Popeye's). But will that be changing? NoPa tends to be a bit more affordable—it comes in 23rd on Zumper's latest ranking of the most expensive neighborhoods for one-bedroom rentals—but rents have been rising, with the current median for a one-bedroom standing at $2,920 in November. And the former Baptist church that converted back into a Victorian home brought in nearly $5 million—a big price for the neighborhood. With the Popeye's up for lease, 2015 is up in the air.

The Inner Sunset certainly has its share of fog, but it also boasts some pretty awesome parks, from Grandview to the stunning overlook at Rocky Outcrop Park. And with a new proposal to revamp and densify Kirkham Heights while adding much-needed pedestrian connections into the Mount Sutro trail network, the neighborhood is poised to step into the spotlight—even if you can only ever see 10 feet in front of your face.

Poll results

· For the Fourth Month Straight, SF's Rent Tops NY's [Curbed SF]
· Mapping the Median Rent of a One-Bedroom in San Francisco [Curbed SF]
· Ex-Church Born Again as Victorian Mansion Sells for $4.995M [Curbed SF]
· Louisiana Purchase [Eater SF]
· The Inner Sunset's Grandview Park Lives Up to Its Name [Curbed SF]
· Enjoy the View from Rocky Outcrop Park in Golden Gate Heights [Curbed SF]
· Kirkham Heights Reboot Would Bring 460 Units to the Sunset [Curbed SF]