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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (6) The Junction vs. (11) Ravenna

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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!

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The Junction is making it's debut in the Curbed Cup. The neighborhood built around the intersection of California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street is the heart of West Seattle has a ton to offer for long-time residents and new arrivals. Developers can't stop themselves from adding new apartment projects into the mix and modern, updated homes pop up all over the residential streets. Renters who can't afford Capitol Hill or Belltown flock here for the restaurants, nightlife and shops that line the main streets. It's no wonder this has become the place where California transplants decide to live when they move here. Commenter 'Columbia' nominated this neighborhood, saying "The Junction in particular has gone from a wasteland of abandoned car dealerships to a forest of new apartment buildings, all within walking distance of new hipster restaurants and the civic treasure that is Easy Street Records."

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Ravenna made it to the Elite Eight in 2013 but lost in the first-round last year. You'd have thought it'd fare better considering it's the three-time defending champion as the best Seattle spot for holiday lights. According to Redfin, it was the hottest home market in the region last year and the 9th-hottest in the nation. That said you can still find a decently-priced home here for your family or a reasonable-priced apartment to rent, too. It's also a great neighborhood to keep an eye on remodels and renovations as old Seattle meets new Seattle. It might be competitive but there's a reason. People really want to live in Ravenna.

Poll results

· All Junction coverage [CS]
· All Ravenna coverage [CS]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [CS]