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Curbed Cup Elite 8: Santa Monica (7) vs. Los Feliz (15)

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Half the field is OUT in the 2014 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday and by next week only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious golden jpeg. Voting for each poll ends 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the eliminations continue!

Santa Monica just barely edged out the comparable Fairfax in round one and is well-matched again here in round two. The Third Street Promenade turned 25 this year and that was just the start of the car-free triumph in SaMo. The Expo Line has now been extended into SaMo (though it'll be a while before it's running), and there are all varieties of transit-oriented development popping up around the route, including a big makeover for the Bergamot Art Center. The city also got tired of waiting for Metro to move on a regional bike plan and decided to make their own, but meanwhile the Big Blue Bus decided it didn't want people sitting at its stops. The Bergamot Transit Village continued to be a total shitshow. But the city that hasn't gotten a new movie theater in decades will be getting two Arclights, and, in unrelated news, it now has the flagship Lululemon store that it just could not have possibly deserved more. Still not weed though.

Los Feliz won a huge upset over second seed Hollywood in round one, destroying the hotel hotspot with its own tiny hotel boom: five rooms on Hollywood Boulevard, 17 rooms (plus lots of restaurant/bar space) at Hillhurst and Hollywood. And just across the street from the latter at that high-profile intersection, a huge mixed-user with market could take out an unbeloved AutoZone. Meanwhile, Nathan For You and Dumb Starbucks brought a lot of attention to that Drawing Room stripmall.

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