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Curbed Cup Round 1: (5) South Park vs. (12) Chinatown

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Here it is: the 2011 Curbed Cup race for Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. Round one of our tournament features 16 'hoods vying for the coveted golden jpeg--we'll have two matchups every day through Thursday, then take a look at our tournament bracket on Friday. Voting for each poll ends at noon the next day (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the neighborhood on neighborhood carnage begin!

What's more Curbed Cup-worthy than Hooters and medieval theme restaurants? Almost anything, really, but this year South Park also saw the arrival of the $5 million Luma penthouse, the return of the Metropolis megaproject, plans for several different hotels, a new project for the dead Daniel Libeskind tower site, the possibility of a park, and the 500 pound gorilla of all 2011 LA development stories: the Downtown NFL stadium.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Downtown, long-dormant Chinatown saw a little flurry of activity, including construction at Chinatown Gateway and the affordable Lotus Garden and the resurrection of Blossom Plaza, which could be a real gamechanger for the neighborhood.

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