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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (3) Brookland vs. (14) Woodridge

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: Brookland's Brookland Works via Daniel Lobo; Right: Woodridge's 2400 block of Monroe Street NE via Mr.TinDC]

Woodridge or Brookland? Which do you prefer the most? In comparison to Woodridge, Brookland is much more accessible (since it has its own Metro) and offers a variety of retail and restaurant options. In comparison to Brookland, Woodridge is much quieter and more affordable. Below, you will be able to find a few words on what makes both Washington, D.C. neighborhoods so great along with a poll so you can be the deciding factor on which truly deserves the Curbed Cup. Be sure to also vote on whether or not Glover Park is better than LeDroit Park or vice versa here. The Northeast neighborhood, Brookland, has a few quirks that really help it stand out from other neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. For one, the neighborhood is home to the District's first shipping container homes. Another big draw to the area is the the $200 million Monroe Street Market project that opened its doors this past October. The mixed-use development features 720 residences, 83,000-square-feet of street-level retail, and 20,000-square-feet of amenity space spread out over three total buildings. With this development, a new community for artists was created with studios and a community arts center. One final detail worth noting is that the median price of listings has skyrocketed in the neighborhood since 2003. This past October, the neighborhood sold its first $1 million single-family home.

Woodridge has a very quiet presence in the city and is often unknown to passersby. Despite this, national real estate brokerage Redfin predicted that Woodridge would be the hottest Washington, D.C. neighborhood in 2015. In the blog post from last January, Redfin agent Katie Scire described the area as primarily residential and more affordable than Brookland. The housing stock is also fairly diverse with detached single-family homes, brick colonials, and bungalows. When The Washington Post featured the Northeast neighborhood in 2012, they wrote that the suburban neighborhood has grown as a popular spot for young professionals trying to escape rising rents. Currently, the Woodridge Neighborhood Library is being rebuilt for $16.5 million.

Be sure to cast your vote now as this poll will close at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 17.
Poll results

· Brookland coverage [Curbed DC]
· Woodridge coverage [Curbed DC]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [Curbed DC]