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Curbed Cup Round 1, Heat 1: Aquinnah vs. Falmouth

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The second annual Curbed Cup kicks off over the bridge this week. Eight enclaves are vying for the very prestigious faux trophy and bragging rights as the Cape and Islands' Best Neighborhood of the Year. We're including towns and villages in our Cape & Islands definition of a neighborhood, rounding up, if you will. That said, we'll have one match-up per day, with polls staying open for 24 hours. Let the eliminations commence!

[Aquinnah Cliffs, MOTT; Nobska Light, Woods Hole via Falmouth Cham/MOTT ]

We're off to Martha's Vineyard for the top seed in this year's Curbed Cup. With just a few hundred year-round residents, Aquinnah doesn't seem like it would be much of a headline grabber. Alas, the year was full of Camelot, crumbling and a casino. Caroline Kennedy listed two pricey pieces of land for a total of $45 million; the attempt to relocate Gay Head Light to save it from erosion continued; and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head announced a plan to turn their community center into a gaming venue/not quite casino (however, the Governor feels otherwise).

The challenger, Falmouth, had a busy 2013 as well. The ongoing battle over wind turbines kept the Cape's second largest town in the news as efforts at balancing the books, creating clean energy and pleasing the neighbors turned out to be a difficult proposition. Meanwhile, we swooned over this green and gorgeous home and a Grey Gardens replica, both on Oyster Pond. Finally, Woods Hole's Fairview found a suitor, leading to a springtime blockbuster sale to the tune of $11.75 million.

Which neighborhood deserves to advance?

Poll results