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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (7) Dogpatch vs. (15) Portola

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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!

Though it's already a destination for everything from the annual Burning Man decompression party to biodiesel (shoutout to Dogpatch Biofuels), along with beloved staples like Piccino and Just for You, Dogpatch still feels a bit like a frontier neighborhood. And with Pier 70 poised to remake itself as a waterfront destination, the neighborhood feels very much alive with possibility. This year saw the opening of Magnolia brewery, and Philz announced plans to open an HQ in the neighborhood, with a storefront shop at Milwheel North. Readers wrote in to brag about their local cheese shop, La Fromagerie, and the opening of the new BBQ joint Smokestack. "Loved the neighborhood already, and 2014 has just brought more and more good things," writes one resident. Adds another: "Plus, we have the coolest most unique name in the city!"

Last year, Portola took the Curbed Cup in a surprise upset, defeating the Inner Sunset by 91 votes. In the intervening year, the neighborhood has enjoyed a quiet reign, and has continued to remain a more affordable option in this bonkers market of ours. Will Portola rise to rule the day again, or will it retreat back into obscurity as "the best neighborhood you've never heard of"?


Poll results

· Previous Coverage of Pier 70 [Curbed SF]
· Magnolia Dogpatch and Smokestack Are Finally Here [Eater SF]
· Massive Philz Coffee HQ Headed to the Dogpatch [Eater SF]
· Milwheel North Condos in Dogpatch Selling Rapidly [Curbed SF]
· The Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year: Portola! [Curbed SF]
· SF Is the Least Affordable Housing Market for the Middle Class [Curbed SF]