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!
Fremont took home the inaugural Curbed Cup Trophy but has taken steps backwards every year since. Has the Center of the Universe gotten complacent? You wouldn't think so with everything going on there. The Troll's home is getting a makeover. There's a bunch of new restaurants and shops in town while others have cemented their place among Seattle's must-go hotspots. While it's true that prices have gone up, you can still find plenty of hidden gems tucked away in those hills. And if you want newer apartments with tons of amenities, it's got those now too.
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Pioneer Square might be the original neighborhood of Seattle as we know it but that hasn't doesn't much for it in the Curbed Cup so far. They made it to the Final Four in 2012 (against Fremont) but otherwise it's been a rough sell. Maybe all of the recent revitalization will help. An influx of new buildings, new workers and a focus on preservation are making Pioneer Square trendy again. Also doesn't hurt to have so many good restaurants. On Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners gamedays, the Square has become the place to be for food, drink and merriment.