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Curbed Cup First Round: (1) Ballard vs. (16) Georgetown

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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

In this corner…Ballard. 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. Somewhere between the upscale buildings, trendy eateries, old school haunts and ever-changing main street, Ballard continues to redefine itself.

In the other corner…Georgetown. It was its own city for a while, so it has its own character, just like every Seattle neighborhood. It is a classic case of a place remaking itself from industrial to urban to entrepreneurial. With beer, too! Oops. That's gone. Georgetown reinvents itself again.

It's a battle of North Seattle vs. South Seattle. Who moves on to the Elite Eight?

Poll results

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