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Curbed Cup Round 1: Koreatown (1) vs. Leimert Park (16)

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Here it is: the 2014 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!

Koreatown's never a slouch in the action department, but this year the neighborhood went national with the opening of the super-hip The Line hotel, which immediately made every hottest hotel list, thanks in no small part to its Sean Knibb design and Roy Choi restaurants. Meanwhile, the very fancy, very tall The Vermont apartment towers opened shortly after selling in what was possibly the biggest deal of the year. Meanwhile, other new developments, big and bigger, are popping up all over the area as the Purple Line begins its stretch west out of the neighborhood toward La Cienega.

Leimert Park, on the other end, finally seemed to be getting Los Angeles's attention this year. Following its successful battle to land a stop on the under-construction Crenshaw Line, the neighborhood began its uneasy journey into hotness. Several black-owned businesses are already being pushed out, but local leaders are also working on a big plan to accommodate new arrivals (like the wave of USC students coming in), while capitalizing on the neighborhood's cultural scene and walkability. There's already a new public plaza on the way and, just a few weeks ago, Leimert showed itself off during the first CicLAvia through South LA.

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