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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (2) Downtown Miami vs. (7) Design District

Instagram: Perez Art Museum via @markstevenhopkins/Palm Court via @daniellevbarkhausen

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida neighborhood of the year, kicked off with 16 areas vying for the trophy. For this week's Elite Eight, we'll have two matchups per day, with a Final Four announced on Wednesday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins.

Downtown Miami is the heart of South Florida and is coming off a dominant first-round win. No longer is the area just Bayside, American Airlines Arena and everything else. From the plans like SkyRise Miami and Miami World Center to future luxury condo developments such as One Thousand Museum, there's just as much buzz in downtown as top-seeded Brickell as both core Miami areas continue to go under the knife, with restaurants and residents flocking. Perez Art Museum has arrived next to a much-needed Museum Park, with Frost Museum of Science still under construction. Still needed: Dependable mass transit to and from South Beach (and other areas).

The Design District is sizzling, coming off a slim opening-round victory over Surfside. Besides already being a high-end shopping mecca and Miami Art Week destination, the food scene remains potent, with Michael's Genuine Food and Drink among one of Miami's elite brunch destinations and MC Kitchen's roasted pear and cheese fiocchi sending your taste buds into a tailspin. Palm Court and City View Garage completed this year and the area will also be rising from a residential standpoint with several happenings on deck.
Poll results

· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed Miami]