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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) Capitol Hill vs. (15) Mount Baker

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Seattle neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 locales, hubs and 'hoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!


Image: SounderBruce

Capitol Hill, always the Curbed Cup bridesmaid, never the Curbed Cup bride. After making it to the finals the first year, it hasn't made it past the second-round since. Maybe it's because sometimes it's hard to know which version of Capitol Hill we're celebrating. What it was, what it is or what it's going to be. There's the Capitol Hill that was Seattle's beating heart for many years but that landscape has been altered by droves of luxury apartment buildings and the changing times. You can still find that old Capitol Hill mixed in with the new, though. And when you need a fix of the neighborhood you used to know, grab a few burgers from Dick's, head over to Volunteer Park and daydream. Just make sure you never call it Cap Hill, whatever you do.


Image: Chas Redmond

This is actually Mount Baker's first appearance in the Curbed Cup. That's what happens when you're Seattle's "best kept secret." Another South Seattle neighborhood that North Seattle and Central Seattle homebuyers have gotten a lot more familiar with in recent years. What they're discovering is a mixture of historic homes, pricy newer constructions and everything in-between. They're also finding lots of public spaces, waterfront haunts and the best spot to watch the Blue Angels fly by during Seafair.

Poll results

· All Capitol Hill coverage [CS]
· All Mount Baker coverage [CS]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [CS]