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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (4) Little Havana vs. (13) Little Haiti

Battle of the Littles

BB-8 Takes Over Calle Ocho
BB-8 takes over Calle Ocho
Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

The 2016 Curbed Cup, our annual award for the South Florida’s neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

Note: The full bracket will be unveiled on Friday. Keep track of everything Curbed Cup here.

(4) Little Havana

While the death of Fidel Castro was treated with mixed emotion globally, Little Havana residents swarmed Calle Ocho in celebration of the Cuban oppressor’s passing.

The neighborhood has so much character, starting with its restaurant scene and parks. Hopefully the city of Miami decides to provide some much-needed upgrades to the area in the near future.

(13) Little Haiti

Little Haiti is a neighborhood on the rise, with plans unveiled a couple weeks ago for a $1 billion Innovation District called Magic City.

The multi-phase project includes converting about 170,000 square feet of industrial space to commercial and retail use, with plans for an office tower, amphitheater and apartments.

Miami’s art and restaurant scene has also migrated north into the area as prices soar in Wynwood.

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