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Curbed Cup Round 1: (6) Wynwood/Midtown vs. (11) Little Haiti

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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the trophy of all trophies. This week we'll have two matchups per day, with the results and full tournament bracket reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins.

Wynwood/Midtown is Miami's rising star. Engulfed by bars, restaurants, art galleries and condos, it's become one of South Florida's go-to hot spots, boxing out elderly neighborhoods like Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. The food scene is especially taking off. Sugarcane continues to be one of Miami's top overall restaurants, Zak the Baker makes all other bread stale in comparision, Wood Tavern is one of the city's most affordable happy hours and Latteria Italiana is the home of the best gelato in South Florida (don't fight me on this). The area's condos are in high demand, with Hyde Midtown breaking ground this year. Mana Wynwood also might be on the cusp of dynamic expansion. But it's not just gravy in these parts. Prices are skyrocketing and much to the dismay of its residents, 200,000 square feet of Walmart is coming.

Little Haiti is following in Wynwood's footsteps as an art mecca, with the New York Times writing "signs of Little Haiti's impending transformation are everywhere." Artists are being priced out of Wynwood and have begun to buy in the Lemon City. Will Little Haiti be this year's cinderella neighborhood, surpassing its sister to the south in a first-round upset? That's for the people to decide. Regardless, Little Haiti is trending up.

Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed Miami]