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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) University Park vs. (8) Fairfax

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Los Angeles neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day, while all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

If there’s one stretch of LA destined to benefit from the arrival of Expo Line, it may just be University Park. The neighborhood is bridged from downtown just enough to make it feel a world away, but the line's arrival next year could be the catalyst that turns around the Fig corridor and the surrounding area. Not that change isn't already underway: 2010 saw renovations of the Museum of Natural History, a proposal for a new Grove-like USC master plan, and talk of selling the Coliseum land (or turning it into a big stadium for footie). Additionally, more insanely expensive housing for students cropped up, while West Adams was named one of the country's Best Old-House Neighborhoods.

But Fairfax may just be a worthy contender. Following the addition of restaurants Animal and Golden State, the very un-kosher Lindy & Grundy's butcher shop *is set to open soon in 801 N. Fairfax, while additional housing arrived with the Lofts at Cherokee Studios (even if they haven't had a lot of luck filling up). More of everything is planned for Fairfax--mystery retail is arriving soon at the corner of Melrose, developer AF Gilmore is adding food and shopping across from the Grove (maybe a Trader Joes), while another developer has kicked up a good debate about preservation with his plan to turn Fairfax Theater into apartments.
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· Curbed Cup is Here: Name the Neighborhood of the Year [Curbed]