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Curbed Cup First Round: (2) Capitol Hill vs. (15) Columbia City

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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!

Let's find out more about today's first match-up…

Photo: sea turtle

In this corner…Capitol Hill. The Curbed Cup has been a cruel mistress to Cap Hill over the years. The top seed in both previous incarnations, it lost in the finals in 2011 and got upset in the first-round last year. So we've moved it down to the No. 2 seed thinking maybe that'll help them out. Not that they need help. Cap Hill remains one of Seattle's most vibrant epicenters for culture, real estate, construction, restaurants and rooftop music videos. If you hear about something cool happening in Seattle, there's a 37% chance it's happening here.

Photo: Rob Ketcherside

In the other corner…Columbia City. This tiny South Seattle outpost has gained quite the following as a cheaper, trendier, eco-friendlier alternative to the usual neighborhoods. Amongst the ten most searched-out Seattle locales, it's home to essential restaurants and has become a proving ground for green home builders looking to make their mark.

So, which neighborhood moves on to the Elite Eight?

Poll results

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