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Curbed Cup Finals: (2) Columbia City vs. (5) Ballard

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It’s all come down to this, Seattle

Ed. Note - We’ve had some people ask us why Columbia City advanced over Belltown even though Belltown came ahead in the Final Four poll. We noticed some voting irregularities in that poll that occured late in the voting period. We decided to throw out all votes from that period and when we returned to the point before the issue, Columbia City was way ahead in the poll. Sorry for the confusion.

Welcome to the 2015 Curbed Cup Finals! It’s a showdown between two former champions, Ballard (2012) and Columbia City (2014). That means we’re about to crown our first-ever two-time Curbed Cup champion. Let’s get to it.

No. 2 Columbia City


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. CC defeated U District and Pioneer Square to get to the Final Four where it bested No. 3 Belltown.

No. 5 Ballard


This Northwest Seattle enclave might have become condo central but it's still got a lot of that old-world charm thanks to it's Scandinavian roots and a slew of great restaurants, coffee shops and bars. It's also the only neighborhood we've ever felt the need to map out by brewery. Developers keep building here to try to keep up with all the demand but they can't. Ballard took out No. 12 First Hill in the first round, No. 13 Central District in the second round, and No. 16 Green Lake in the Final Four.

Time to vote. Voting is open until January 3...