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Curbed Cup Round 1: Silver Lake (4) vs. Westwood Village (13)

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Here it is: the 2012 Curbed Cup race for the 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 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the neighborhood on neighborhood carnage begin!

Silver Lake was named America's Best Hipster Neighborhood this year, and the 'hood's been selling out about as hard as that title would imply (very hard). Rents are pretty nuts, the Edgecliffe Terrace Homes small lot development were gone lickety split, there's been action at the former Coffee Table site on Rowena (although that action appears to be a bit stalled right now), the long-delayed Bellevue Lofts finally opened for business, and the three Sunset Junction gamechanging mixed-users are on their way through the approvals process. Meanwhile, the city finally finished the walking path around the Silver Lake Reservoir, opened up LA's first pedestrian plaza (the Sunset Triangle Plaza), and is preparing to buy the much-disputed Corralitas Red Car property for a park. Even the dead Circuit City is springing back to life, even if it is as boring offices. Also James Franco moved in.

Westwood Village, the anti-Silver Lake in many ways, is dying, says Twitter. Even so, the area had a bit of a retail/restaurant revival this year, with the arrival of a cityTarget, 800 Degrees, TLT Food, and Umami's fast food place U-Mini (a very fancy new movie theater is also on the way). On the development front, the project at the former Mann National site switched up from retail to mixed-use. The UCLA campus also scored some wins this year with a revamped Pauley Pavilion and plans for a conference center and hotel. And work started on the Purple Line extension, which won't reach Westwood Village for a few more years, but still.

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