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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (7) Columbia City vs. (15) Mt. Baker

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The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, continues today (get caught up on 1st round results here). This week we're down to the Elite Eight. Each day we'll put two match-ups to a vote, with results reviewed on Wednesday. Polls are open for 24 hours, starting now!

Image: Rob Ketcherside

Columbia City comes into the 2015 Curbed Cup as the defending champ so there's clearly a target on their back. That's fine, CC has been playing the role of underdog long enough to know what to do. Seattle is known for its mix of cultures, but few places in the nation are as diverse as Columbia City. It's also one of the greenest communities in the country. For some reason, everyone wants to build their eco-friendly home here. Despite that, there's also still bargains to be found. That's an impressive accomplishment all things considered. It also doesn't hurt to have Columbia City Theater, Geraldine's and a convenient light rail station at your disposal as well.

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 Columbia City coverage [CS]
· All Mount Baker coverage [CS]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [CS]