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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (9) San Pedro vs. (16) Pacoima

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Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

Angeles Gate Park in San Pedro looking south from the Korean Friendship Bell.
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San Pedro

San Pedro pulled off a big victory—its bout with North Hollywood drew more voters than any other Curbed Cup first round matchup this year.

As one commenter pointed out, the harbor community likely came out on top because of the long-awaited makeover of the Ports O' Call Village, for which demolition recently started: “San Pedro wins with the Wharf Revival. July 4th Celebrations here will be tremendous.” Jerico Development and Ratkovitch Company, which was behind the de-fortressing of the Macy’s in Downtown Los Angeles, are redoing 30 acres along San Pedro’s waterfront, with plans to turn it into a Grove-style outdoor mall that will be called the San Pedro Public Market.

Even before work on that project started, the waterfront was being reinvigorated. A new promenade and outdoor movie screening space opened up there two years ago. And, it’s also now home to Crafted at the Port of LA and the famous local craft brewery Brouwerij West.

Pacoima

Open streets and open sidewalks to all. #legalizestreetvending #lastreetvendors

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North Hollywood may have lost, but in a big upset, another Valley neighborhood—no. 16 seed Pacoima—overtook the beachside enclave of Santa Monica in the first round of Curbed Cup.

Once one of the poorest neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Pacoima has, in the past few years, seen a wave of new investment, with money largely going to infrastructure improvements that’s greening up streets and making them more inviting to cyclists and pedestrians. Just today, we reported on protected bike lanes being added to Van Nuys Boulevard.

Max Podemski, planning director for Pacoima Beautiful, has also told us about plans to connect residents of San Fernando Garden public housing to Van Nuys Boulevard via a green alley at the new Bradley Plaza. Also in 2016, the community won a $100,000 grant for a new arts incubator that will be located on the boulevard.