Shinier than a Super Bowl ring. Better than Olympic gold. And more important than those awards presented annually by that film society in Los Angeles. It’s time for the annual Curbed Cup! Since 2010, Curbed SF has been awarding one San Francisco neighborhood as the top hood in the city. The heated competition celebrates local pride as much as it does civic developments.
The last two years saw two different neighborhoods take the top stop. Both Bayview (2015) and Excelsior (2014) beset NoPa and Portola, respectively, with the former being an underdog championship story to last the ages. And the Lower Haight was able to pull off back-to-back wins back in 2011 and 2012. Quite a feat.
Will 2016 see another underdog scramble to the top? Will Bayview repeat its victory? Will Little Hollywood finally get any recognition whatsoever? There's only one way to find out: We want you to nominate the neighborhoods that could win this prestigious honor.
Similar to a March Madness bracket, 16 neighborhoods will face off in this year's Curbed Cub tournament, but which 16 should they be? Here’s a list of San Francisco hoods from which to choose. Drop your nominations in the comments of this post or e-mail them over to us.
By the by, we don't just want neighborhood names; we want to know why this particular neighborhood matters right now. Is it home to a major new project? Is the restaurant scene under discovered by foodies? Are the homes bonkers? Maybe the shopping scene is beyond exceptional? Whatever it is, we want to know what happened in 2016 that sets your preferred neighborhood apart.
Here are the past winners:
2012: Lower Haight
2011: Lower Haight
2010: Potrero Hill
Which neighborhood will nab the year's ultimate honor? Follow the Curbed Cup to find out. And be sure to vote.