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Curbed Cup 1st round: (2) Columbia City vs. (15) U District

College town vs. the trendy part of town

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No. 2 Columbia City

SounderBruce

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.

No. 15 U District

SounderBruce

Some neighborhoods need no introduction. A major university on a picturesque campus does that. The U District, the college town that lives within a city. Some people never leave its borders, at least during finals. The buildings are a mix of impressive architecture and frat houses (and they’re about to get taller). The shops are cutting edge because the students won't put up with stodgy, even if the professors will. Live near the U and walk instead of drive to the games. Or wait a few years and you’ll be able to take the light rail wherever you want.