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Curbed Cup Round 1: Koreatown (4) vs. Boyle Heights (13)

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Here it is: the 2013 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!

It's becoming a truism that there are always cranes in Koreatown: this year there were undead mixed-use developments, apartment groundbreakings, new YMCA construction, massive and fancy apartment renovations, and the nearly-finished twin towers of The Vermont. Plus a boutique reno of the historic Hotel Normandie, a new bus-only lane, and, keeping the neighborhood close to its roots, a proposed K-Pop museum. Both the Hotel Normandie and the forthcoming The Line hotel will have super-trendy dining options, and the neighborhood remains a restaurant hotspot.

Gold Line-accessible Boyle Heights is getting a little pedestrian-friendlier with streetscape and public art projects, plus that beautiful Sixth Street Viaduct redesign, which will bring all kinds of public plazas with it, and the opening of a new factory from California-based label Reformation. But the big news outta BH this year was the sale of the enormous and long-underused Sears complex, which a prolific Downtown developer is planning to convert into a multi-use community. There was also a lot of sad cemetery news in Boyle Heights this year, but that's neither here nor there.

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