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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (3) Belltown vs. (14) Leschi

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!

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Belltown made it to the Curbed Cup Final Four in 2013 but otherwise it hasn't been the best of showings. Seems like the neighborhood gets overshadowed for "the next big thing" but it's one of the city's oldest and most contrasting spots. Dean wrote in to nominate Belltown specifically and provided a pretty concise reason: "Belltown is a mix of old and new Seattle. Dive bars to high end eateries, rock and roll to jazz, newcomers to old timers. Belltown is walkable, offers easy access to all other parts of downtown and has the best views in the city." You gonna disagree?

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This is actually Leschi's debut in the Curbed Cup which seems kinda strange. It's one of the city's oldest 'hoods, dating back to the late 19th century when it became an amusement park at the end of Lake Washington Cable Railway's trolley line. You'll find all kinds of homes here, from condos to refurbished bungalows, craftsman, contemporaries, Tudors, mid-century ramblers and luxury waterfront residences. It's also home to some great public spaces like Leschi Park, Frink Park, Flo Ware and Powell Barnett.

Poll results

· All Belltown coverage [CS]
· All Leschi coverage [CS]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [CS]