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Curbed Cup Round 1: (6) Arts District vs. (11) Culver City

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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!

Who knows if we'll ever see the big One Santa Fe development (last we heard it'll be breaking ground soon) or a truly thriving Cleantech Corridor (it continues to hustle right along despite its many hurdles), but the Arts District is still looking like the next hot Downtown neighborhood. This year, the Gallery Lofts (formerly Hewitt Street Lofts) and 940 East 2nd Street (formerly the Barn Lofts) both came back from the dead and actually started sales, and the hip restaurants piled up as the line at Wurstkuche continued to run down the block. The AD might even get a park.

Ah, perennial favorite Culver City (it won in 2008, so it's not always a bridesmaid). Developers are making plans to eventually meet the Expo Line, architecture firm Morphosis moved in, and the city just recently picked a big retail/office/stair development that could turn downtown CC up to 11. And Culver City had our favorite public art projects this year--the enormous Sony rainbow (announced) and the plywood Space Invader invasion.

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