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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) Petworth vs. (12) H Street Corridor

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas 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!

[Left: H Street's 800 block via Wikimedia Commons; Right: Petworth's fourth most expensive listing currently on the market via Redfin]

For the second day of the Curbed Cup competition, Petworth and H Street Corridor will face off to see who is most worthy for the Curbed Cup. Below, you will find a few blurbs on the neighborhoods as well as a few words from Curbed readers who nominated them. If interested in finding out the full roster of neighborhoods that are up for the Curbed Cup, be sure to sit and wait until this Friday. Petworth is known for its diverse population, hip hangout spots, and primarily residential setting. It is noted by DataLensDC as one of the most home flipped neighborhoods in the city. National real estate brokerage Redfin listed the neighborhood as one of the most competitive neighborhoods for homebuyers in 2014. When the list was published in December 2014, Redfin reported that the median sale price in the neighborhood was $571,500, and since then the median sale price has dropped to $518,000, according to data calculated in the last 90 days. One Curbed reader who nominated Petworth for the Curbed Cup, said, "This past year has seen dynamic, community-focused business growth along the Upshur Street Corridor and Georgia Avenue ... Petworth has become a destination even for President Obama, who patronized Upshur Street Books this year on Small Business Saturday." For suggestions on where to eat in the neighborhood, be sure to consult Curbed's sister site, Eater DC.

In an article published in July 2014, The Washington Post described H Street as "reborn." After the 1968 riots, H Street Corridor was known for boarded-up buildings, but now the one-and-a-half mile stretch is known as Washington, D.C.'s second-largest commercial hub. The area is also known as the Atlas District due to the area housing the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts. Along with Petworth, H Street Corridor is one of the most home flipped neighborhoods in the District, according to DataLensDC. In a map published in March 2015, Curbed discovered that there are plans for over 1,200 new residential units in the next few years. A variety of conversions are also in the works, from a body shop to a church. One Curbed reader who nominated H Street Corridor for the Curbed Cup, said, "It's gay friendly, family friendly, black friendly, white friendly, Buppy and Yuppie friendly. It's all this and more. It's a great mixture of urban edge mingle with high housing and apartments." If interested in finding about the growing food scene, be sure to check out Curbed's sister site, Eater DC.

Be sure to cast your vote now as the below poll ends at 12 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 16.
Poll results

· Petworth coverage [Curbed DC]
· H Street Corridor coverage [Curbed DC]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [Curbed DC]