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Curbed Cup First Round: (5) Pioneer Square vs. (12) Madrona

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

Our second match-up of the day pits an in-city hun against an "in-city village."

Photo: SMA

In this corner…Pioneer Square. 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. Plus, it might yet get a really cool public toilet. So there's that.

Photo: Joe Wolf

In the other corner…Madrona. Madrona's motto is "The Peaceable Kingdom." Certainly, it's easy to find peace inside its walls these days, thanks to fun, local shops and restaurants. If you're spanning Seattle for a nice place to live, it's got plenty of quirky, architecturally-awesome and affordable homes to boot.

So, which neighborhood moves on to the Elite Eight and stays alive in the quest for The Curbed Cup?

Poll results

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