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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (6) Old Bank District vs. (3) Sawtelle Corridor

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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!

Even though the Old Bank District/Historic Core is a previous winner, so the neighborhood returns again to the competition. The area saw plans submitted for the Spring Street pocket park, while up the street, a new park unrolled at the site of the LAPD headquarters. Developments like the El Dorado and the Medallion opened, while Barry Shy's animal kingdom painting distracted everyone from the large holes he blew in his building. With The Last Bookstore drawing patrons, and the new restaurants drawing diners, the Old Bank District still remains a popular contender. Bonus points for its always-lively street scene--good place to people watch.

But! A housing boom along Sawtelle saw the rise of T-Lofts, while there was also a British invasion of new condos (that flew out the door!). Additionally, more retail will rise next to all those tofu restaurants, while nearby Stoner Skate Park caused quite the ruckus after its opening. To outsiders, West LA can feel a vast, indistinguishable place; the rise of the Sawtelle Corridor makes this area feels more and more like a real neighborhood.

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