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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (7) Capitol Hill vs. (2) Navy Yard

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Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!

[Left: Capitol Hill's Eastern Market via Zach Stern; Right: Navy Yard via Wikimedia Commons]


2015 brought many changes to Washington, D.C. With those changes, Capitol Hill and Navy Yard grew with new developments. Which neighborhood grew the most? That's for you to decide. Below, you will find a poll that will close by 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 23. Be sure to also vote between today's two other polls as there is only 24 hours left to do so. The polls tie Glover Park with Brookland and Bloomingdale with Shaw. Below, you will be able to see the original blurbs written about each neighborhood:

According to We Love DC, Capitol Hill is "probably" the largest neighborhood in Washington, D.C. as well as one of the most diverse. Along with distinctive features like Eastern Market and Barracks Row, you can also find residents that range from recent college graduates to empty nesters. Over the past few years, a myriad of conversions and redevelopments have caused Capitol Hill's real estate market to grow with classrooms, auto repair shops, garages, and hospitals turned into housing. The neighborhood is also home to the District's tiniest home. Since 2002, the number of low-income households in Capitol Hill has dropped from 24 percent to 16 percent in 2013, according to the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis. With this drop in low-income households, there has also been a rise in the number of retail and restaurant options available. If interested in finding out where you should go to get the best eats, be sure to check out Eater DC, Curbed's sister site.

In the past year or two, Navy Yard (otherwise known as Capitol Riverfront) has been experiencing a total facelift as well as a new name. The neighborhood was originally named Navy Yard because of its time as a former shipyard for the U.S. Navy and as the headquarters for the Chief of Naval Operations and the Naval Historical Center. Now, with a burgeoning retail and restaurant scene along with Nationals Park enticing tourists, the area is now being labeled The Yards. With over $1.2 billion invested in the neighborhood by District and federal governments in the past 15 years, the cost of living has risen. [UPDATE: A statistic meant to give further context on the changes Navy Yard has experienced over the years was removed from this blurb as it was considered offensive by Curbed readers.] In terms of what to look forward to in the future, you can expect the public marina to open next spring and approximately 4,500 new residential units to be built in the next couple of years. Eventually, the neighborhood will also host Southeast D.C.'s first luxury cinema complex.

The below poll will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23.
Poll results


· Capitol Hill coverage [Curbed DC]
· Navy Yard coverage [Curbed DC]
· All Curbed Cup 2015 coverage [Curbed DC]