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Curbed Cup First Round: (8) Fremont vs. (9) Central District

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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 first face-off is between the defending Seattle neighborhood champion and and up-and-comer from South Seattle.

Here are the seeds:
1. Ballard
2. Capitol Hill
3. Queen Anne
4. Belltown
5. South Lake Union
6. Pioneer Square
7. Greenwood
8. Fremont
9. Central District
10. U-District
11. Ravenna
12. Wallingford
13. Green Lake
14. Columbia City
15. Magnolia
16. Georgetown

Photo: Sue E.

In this corner…Fremont. The 2011 Curbed Cup champions, Fremont is a tiny neighborhood full of big ideas. North Fremont has blossomed into a tiny epicenter of food and fun. Fremont Proper is still the Center of the Universe as we know it. Where else do you find visitors like statues of Lenin, old rockets, and residents like Rapunzel hanging out on the bridge? Oh yeah, and the Troll. Don't forget the troll.

Photo: Matthew Rutledge

In the other corner…Central District. While some people are lining up to bay top-dollar in Belltown, others are looking to Central District as an affordable but still cool alternative. With good enough mass transit, the commute is an ease. Spend a few hundred thousand less and a neighborhood becomes a lot more appealing.

It's a battle from either side of Lake Union. Who moves on to the Elite Eight?

Poll results

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