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Curbed Cup Round 2: Koreatown (5) vs. Silver Lake (4)

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual tournament for the Los Angeles neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day--with the polls left open for 24 hours--and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

Koreatown had no trouble dispensing with super-gentrified Venice in round one--this year, it got its own online reality show this year--which other neighborhood did that? It also saw groundbreakings on the two big apartments towers of The Vermont and the luxury apartments of K2 LA, plus work on rehabs/makeovers at both the Hotel Normandie and the Wilshire Hotel (soon to be The Line and packed with celebrity restaurateurs).

Its neighbor Silver Lake (which knocked out Westwood Village in round one) 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.

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