The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the San Francisco neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (and 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!
We are on the final day of our Curbed Cup first-round challenge. Today, San Francisco's Nob Hill and Inner Richmond face off. Vote to decide who comes out on top!
In an article this fall, San Francisco Chronicle architecture critic John King wrote: "Nob Hill, more than any other San Francisco neighborhood, conjures up images of the genteel upper crust, a district at once stately and urbane." He was reporting on a proposed development for the neighborhood, a condominium building at the corner of Powell and California Streets. The last few years have seen luxury condos join the high-end hotels in this hood, but Huntington Park is still the green heart of the district (and currently it's undergoing a refurbishment designed to bring it back to its former glory).
Next up, we have the Inner Richmond. This traditionally residential neighborhood is surrounded by park land (Golden Gate Park to the south, the Presidio to the north) and has been one of SF's more quiet districts. But recently, some buzzed-about restaurants and bars have found a home here, such as the about-to-open High Treason wine bar on 443 Clement St. Other restaurants on Clement run the gamut of national origins—from the beloved Burma Superstar to Katia's Russian Tea Room.
· Nob Hill's new development: crucial time for landmark corner [San Francisco Chronicle]