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Curbed Cup First Round: (5) South Lake Union vs. (12) Wallingford

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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!

This round, South Lake Union versus Wallingford. Which deserves the Cup more, waterfront and infused with corporate projects in new buildings, or up on the hill with boutiques in old one stories?

In this corner…South Lake Union. Not long ago the only reason to go to South Lake Union was to either visit the boats or drive through to another part of the city. Now, corporations have big plans for the space. Brain scientists are moving in. How geeky cool is that? The restaurants on the water have always been attractive, and if you live there, you don't need a car to reach anything in the city.

In the other corner…Wallingford. Wallingford is houses, shops, schools, all the things that appeal to families. And trees, and gardens. Some of the houses have been there long enough that the landscaping is old enough to collect Social Security. Of course, you probably have to commute, but isn't it nice to come home to Wallingford Center?

It's a battle between the new waterfront and the old shops. Who moves on to the Elite Eight?

Poll results