Voting for the Curbed Cup is on hold for today while we review the results from this week's contests. In a big upset, the No. 16 seed, Inner Sunset, toppled No. 1 seed NoPa, capturing 66 percent of the vote and garnering the most votes of any neighborhood in round 1. Reigning 2013 champ Portola—which no one actually nominated this year but which earned its place as No. 15 seed as a formality—narrowly eked out a victory over Mid-Market. And both the Bayview and the Excelsior handily beat Noe and Hayes valleys, and will face each other in round 2 as formidable opponents, since residents showered them both with love via the Curbed inbox. Someone even sent us poetry.
Excelsior resident Colleen C. sent us this:
In Latin, Excelsior means "upward". There's even a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow titled Excelsior. An excerpt:
"In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright;
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,
Excelsior is meant to be an exclamation. You can't softly say "upward!" so why would you not shout "Excelsior!" From the top of McLaren Park to the valley of Cayuga Ave. The Excelsior neighborhood means something to everyone and its rallying cry is "Ever Upwards!"
Face-offs between the first-round victors will begin Monday. Stay tuned.
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