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Curbed Cup Round 1: (4) Hollywood vs. (13) Glendale

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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!

Last year's Curbed Cup winner Hollywood took quite a victory lap this year. The Capitol Records building owners announced plans to build two hotel/residential towers on Vine, CIM group bought and revived the Old Spaghetti Factory tower plan, Paramount announced plans for a big expansion, the Selma Hotel came back to life as a Dream Hotel, and Blvd6200 is probably very close to breaking ground. Meanwhile, we've heard the Emerson College project has just recently gotten a beam delivery (more on that soon).

Ok, so Glendale is boring, but in typical underdog fashion, it's still huffing and puffing steadily along. The Americana at Brand is expanding and even the Glendale Galleria is getting an update. Ground broke this year on the 208 unit Broadway Lofts and the city approved the 307 unit Lex on Orange and the movie theater/housing project Laemmle Lofts.

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