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Curbed Cup Round 1: Historic Core (2) vs. Leimert Park (15)

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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!

The Historic Core keeps on keepin' on: This year it welcomed a much-needed park and a huge flea market, prepped to welcome a rare skyscraper, and even figured out something of a solution for its dog waste issue. It's also got new condos (conversions), a major addition to the Medallion complex (with an Alamo Drafthouse theater, 400 residential units, a hotel, a park, and more), a reno of the beloved Alexandria Hotel on the way, and more sidewalk dining on the way. And that's all aside from the crazy major revitalization going on all along Broadway. The HC also earned international attention this year thanks to the Cecil Hotel.

The big win for Leimert Park this year was the announcement that it would be getting a stop on the Crenshaw Line (not that that'll be an entirely un-mixed blessing for the neighborhood). Honestly there wasn't a ton of other action in LP this year, but it's a cool place and it seems like outsiders are finally starting to notice.

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