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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (6) Arts District vs. (14) Pasadena

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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!

In the first round, the Arts District had no trouble putting away always-strong Culver City with its list of 2011 feats: 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.

Pasadena upset third-seeded West Hollywood in Round 1--apparently we can't underestimate the strength of hipster flipping and protracted planning discussions. To recap, this year Pasadena kept busy with a shiny new Department of Water and Power building, work on a mew general plan, and possible plans for a streetcar. Meanwhile, the Paseo Colorado might add a hotel, the Playhouse Plaza project got a satisfying redesign, and the hipster flippers moved in.

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2011 [Curbed LA]