December has arrived, and that can only mean one thing: Curbed Cub season has arrived! Better than a Super Bowl ring and more important than those awards presented annually by that film society in Los Angeles, the Curbed Cup lets you vote which San Francisco neighborhood made the biggest impact of the year.
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 the same neighborhood take the top stop. Bayview nabbed back-to-back honors in 2016 (narrowly beating Inner Richmond) and 2015. Before that, Excelsior (2014) beset Portola. And the Lower Haight was able to pull off back-to-back wins back in 2011 and 2012. Quite a feat.
Will 2017 see another underdog scramble to the top? Or will Bayview as record-breaking third win? Or will another neighborhood take the top slot? 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 us.
By the by, we don't just want neighborhood names; we want to know why a particular neighborhood matters right now. Is it home to a major new project? Is the restaurant scene under discovered by rabid foodies? Are the homes simply too gorgeous? Maybe the shopping scene is exceptional? Whatever it is, we want to know what happened in 2017 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.