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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (10) Outer Sunset vs. (15) Inner Richmond

Which neighborhood should advance to the Final Four? Cast your vote now!

Outer Sunset.
Outer Sunset.
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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the neighborhood of the year, moves forward with the Elite Eight neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (albeit fake) trophy. We’ll reveal each of the neighborhoods this week, and polls will be open for 24 hours so you can cast your vote as to which hoods should advance. Let the eliminations begin!

Outer Sunset

Our No. 10 seed beat Lower Haight in round one. Can it pull off another win? Absolutely. For many reasons. But let’s start off with rent prices, which are some of the most affordable in the city. (Well, not always.)

The Outer Sunset, with the western most tip doubling as a little beach town, also proved popular when it came to shopping and dining. Avenues Dry Goods—an Irving Street gem that useful and practical goods at a price point that's fitting for the neighborhood—was a smashing success.

Eateries also continued to be the rage, much to the chagrin of some diehard locals. (Community vibe here is strong and loyal.) Hook Fish Co. nabbed two stars this year over at Eater SF. And Outerlands continues to be a major draw along the feted Judah strip.

The neighborhood is also home to some of the city’s most underrated murals, reasonable starter houses. and—best of all—CorgiCon at Ocean Beach. If the Queen’s preferred pet can’t push the Outer Sunset over the top, nothing can.

Inner Richmond.
Inner Richmond.
Photo by Lynn Friedman

Inner Richmond

One of three neighborhoods that make up the Richmond District, the folks who call this charming neighborhood home proved to be some of the most ardent diehard supporters of any SF neighborhood this year. So much so that it beat Bayview in round one.

Perhaps most noted for Clement Street, a stretch with Chinese, Cambodian, Korean, Burmese, and Russian restaurants, it managed to stave off insufferable food trends and eateries. It’s also a popular nightlife sport, as well as one of the few remaining neighborhoods with an independent bookstore.

The Inner Richmond is also next to USF, meaning that it’s also a hub for college students. In other words, the Inner Richmond is a decent (albeit not at all inexpensive) neighborhood for renters, unlike most of its competitors. But in 2017, we saw rent prices climb in this central neighborhood.

But now, the decision is in your hands: Which area should make it to the finals? Cast your vote below, and may the best neighborhood win. Remember, polls close in 24 hours.