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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (1) Capitol Hill vs. (8) Pioneer Square

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The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, begins today. The deserving candidates will be presented in one match-up per day through the week, with results reviewed on Friday. Polls are open for 24 hours, starting now!


Today, our face-off is between the big daddy of all Seattle neighborhoods and the grandaddy of all Seattle neighborhoods.

First up: Capitol Hill. Come on, guys. Do we really need to explain this one? Not only is this place the stomping ground of CHS, but Seattle University is doing its best to become as much of that stomping ground as possible. Cap Hill was ground zero for the Prop 74 celebration and homebase for a healthy percentage of Seattle's best restaurants, bars, theaters and whatever else you've got. Add to that the huge number of apartment complexes being built just east of I-5, and you've got yourself quite a neighborhood.

It's weird to think of Pioneer Square as the upstart but here we are. Seattle's historic neighborhood is on the verge of once again becoming a place that's not just for tourists and/or people that scare tourists away. It's on the verge of reinvention without losing that old world charm that makes it such an underrated hangout, whether you're a Sounders fan or a nightclub partier. As the connective corridor between the stadiums of SoDo and the vibrancy of downtown, P-Square is making its own mark. Again.

So who's moving on to the final four, dear readers?

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