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Curbed Cup 2011: Vote for the Best Neighborhood in Atlanta

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The Curbed Cup, our first annual award to the Atlanta neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Here is the bracket with the complete pool of competitors; this week we'll have one match-up per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!

ROUND 1: Sandy Springs versus East Lake

Today we pit the gilded suburb of Sandy Springs against the historic East Lake neighborhood. Sandy Springs is still a-glow with its newly-minted cityhood and known for its rolling hills of forest near the Chattahoochee River. In addition to neighborhoods of well-maintained 1970's Chatham ranch homes filled with families, Sandy Springs also boasts some of Atlanta's largest and most expensive homes. While East Lake has some grittier sections, it's in-town and proximate to both the city and east side neighborhoods like Candler Park and Decatur, and anchored by the prestigious East Lake Golf Club and a collection of lovely bungalows from the early 20th century. So what do you like, Atlanta? Bucolic acres of forest and 10,000 square foot mansions inhabited by professional athletes? Or in-town soul and the home of both a PGA tournament and one of Atlanta's most encouraging community development and charter school stories? VOTE NOW!

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