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Curbed Cup Elite 8: (2) Belltown vs. (7) Fremont

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Today we continue Curbed Cup, the inaugural edition of Seattle's search for the neighborhood of the year. We're kicking off 8 'hoods vying for the ultimate grand prize: the amazing JPEG trophy below, lovingly engraved in Photoshop with their name and given to the winners to guard until next year. Voting opens now and ends very very early tomorrow morning. Now, let's begin!


Today, our face-off is between a neighborhood with so many bars it will make your head spin and a more-than-fuzzy border with Pike Place Market and one with a famous statue, a troll, and an inconvenient bridge.

First up: Belltown,. It's where penthouses reign more than anywhere else in the city, a two-bed is pretty pricey even if you don't buy, and you'll find some of Seattle's most expensive rentals.

The challenger: Fremont. It's home to quite a bit of outdoor art, more than a couple houseboats, and (for a short period of time) a world record related to a zombie flash mob. How are they possibly a seven seed? We have no idea, but far be it for us to question the selection committee.

So who's the last addition to the final four?

Poll results

· All Curbed Cup 2011 Coverage [CS]