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Curbed Cup Round 1: Vernon (4) vs. Skid Row (13)

Here it is: the 2015 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 games begin!

The formerly corrupt little city of Vernon had quite a year. It welcomed outsiders (and new, disinterested voters) for the first time, its toxic Exide battery recycler was finally shut down (although it'll be years until it's really gone), and it crypto-starred in the critically unacclaimed second season of True Detective.

Skid Row actually had a pretty rough year. As homelessness in LA has risen sharply, the City Council passed a law allowing the city to seize property left on sidewalks and issue tickets on top of that; it came out that the majority of money the city spends on homelessness is actually spent on criminalization of the homeless; and an LAPD cop admitted that Downtown's rich gentrifiers are encouraging the force to hassle the homeless out of their long-time neighborhood. But the community is remarkably cohesive—they proposed a neighborhood council for the area this year, which would give them formal power to advise the city on matters that are important to Skid Row. Meanwhile, the homeless nonprofit Weingart Center has proposed its own answer to encroaching gentrification: a 14-story tower of permanent supportive housing.

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed LA]