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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (1) Ballard vs. (9) Wallingford

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The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, continues today (get caught up on 1st round results here). This week we're down to the Elite Eight. Each day we'll put one match-up to a vote, with results reviewed on Friday. Polls are open for 24 hours, starting now!

Our first face-off is between the the top seed and an upstart North Seattle neighbor.

Neighborhood: 1-seed Ballard
How'd They Get Here: Defeated ID in first-round.
Why They Deserve To Win: A piece of Seattle for 106 years now, to some it's the home of Seattle's gritty blue-collar shipyard folk. To others, it's the home of every condo or apartment building ever built. (And don't even get them started on the apodments…) Somewhere between the upscale buildings, trendy eateries, old school haunts and ever-changing main street, Ballard continues to redefine itself.

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Neighborhood: 9-seed Wallingford
How'd They Get Here: Defeated Fremont in the first-round.
Why They Deserve To Win: Usually considered the family-friendly counterpoint to Fremont, don't think Wallingford isn't cool. All the cool new stuff on Stone Way is on their side of the street. And they're willing to stand up and fight to keep out the things they don't want. Don't make Wallingford angry. You wouldn't like Wallingford when it's angry...

So, which neighborhood moves on to the Final Four?

Poll results

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