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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (1) Historic Core vs. (8) Santa Monica

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There are only eight neighborhoods left in the Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. Round two this week will feature one matchup every day and polls will be left open for 24 hours. On Friday, we'll review the final four contenders for the golden jpeg. Let the eliminations continue!

Downtown's Historic Core had no trouble dispensing with Frogtown in Round 1. Let's review the favorite's big year: ground broke on the Spring Street Park, the neighborhood got a major (if splotchy) bike lane and a farmers market, and the restaurant scene stayed hot as ever with new openings and old-ish favorites. To top it all off, the HC gentrification even got sent up in musical form.

Santa Monica eked it out over Atwater Village in the last round with pretty solid 2011 credentials: "SaMo is super excited for the Expo Line (Phase II, expected to hit the city in 2015, broke ground this year) and has all kinds of hotels, housing, parks (by hot landscape architect James Corner), bike infrastructure, beach bathrooms, and more either just arrived or in the pipeline. On the minus side: no dog beach."

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2011 [Curbed LA]