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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (8) Lower Haight vs. (16) Inner Sunset

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the San Francisco neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have two matchups apiece on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

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.

The Inner Sunset certainly has its share of fog, but it also boasts some pretty awesome parks, from the very obvious (Golden Gate, you know who you are) to Grandview and the stunning overlook at Rocky Outcrop Park. Readers wrote in praise of Park Chow, Le Video, and Arizmendi's, with shoutouts to Inner Sunset Sundays, the farmer's market, countless block parties, and, of course, Irving Street—which has a spate of streetscape improvements on the way. 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

· 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]
· 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]
· Summary of Irving Street Streetscape Changes [Our Inner Sunset]
· Kirkham Heights Reboot Would Bring 460 Units to the Sunset [Curbed SF]