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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) Greenwood vs. (13) South Lake Union

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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: Wonderlane

Greenwood won the Curbed Cup in 2013 but fell in the Final Four to eventual champ Columbia City last year. Can it find redemption and become the first two-time Cup champ? Some folks might think it's just "the other Seattle neighborhood that starts with Green" but there's a lot more going on here than they realize. The area around Greenwood Ave North and N 85th Street is never not busy and more restaurants keep popping up. For those looking for a place to live, it provides an affordable alternative to it's North Seattle neighbors.

Image: Joe Wolf

South Lake Union made a nice run last year to the Final Four before losing out to Georgetown. Another year older, SLU is also another year bigger and fuller of thriving tech companies and the people who work for them. You may consider it The Neighborhood that Paul Allen and Amazon Built but you gotta admit they've done a helluva job with the place. It's home to some of the city's newest and most intriguing buildings and there's lots more on the way. Restaurants and retail have moved in as well making sure people stick around once the workday is over. If you need a break from all the development, stroll on over to MOHAI and the lake for a quick escape. Ten years from now, will anyone believe that SLU used to be the place where we kept our warehouses?

Poll results

· All Greenwood coverage [CS]
· All South Lake Union coverage [CS]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [CS]