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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (2) Downtown vs. (7) Royal Oak

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The Curbed Cup is our annual award for neighborhood of the year. On Monday, we kicked off Round One with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. This week we'll have one matchup per day; all the results will be reviewed on Friday.

While Royal Oak may not have blazed a trail through development this year, it managed to amuse us with what silliness it did accomplish. It tried to re-brand as "not-just-for-21-year olds" and rolled out the name NoRo. It also took all your money for parking and showed us some ugly wallpaper. But you can't hate too much on a hood with this home. On the other side of Eight Mile, downtown was saddled with the whole Occupy event and the LAX fiasco, which should be good for some sympathy votes. More importantly, the Broderick Tower and the David Whitney made major strides positioning this hood perfectly for a Curbed Cup next year. (If not sooner). The Wurlitzer building may have tried to give us all concussions, but downtown got a rad garden and sold a castle.

Poll results

Note: All Round One Voting Ends at 1 p.m. EST this Friday. Have your say in our other First Round matchups while there is still time!

· Curbed Cup 1st Round: (3) Midtown vs. (6) Lafayette Park [Curbed Detroit]
· Curbed Cup 1st Round: (5) The Villages vs. (4) Hamtramck [Curbed Detroit]
· Curbed Cup 1st Round: (1) Corktown vs. (8) Ferndale [Curbed Detroit]
· Curbed Cup Voting Kicks Off Later Today [Curbed Detroit]