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Curbed Rumblings: School Ties, Internet Deals, One Cup

It's Friday afternoon, and that means it's time to reminisce on the week that was at our sister site and friendly neighborhood blog, Curbed SF.

2007_11_academy01.jpg1) Chinatown/FiDi: Suits have been filed and feelings hurt in a pair of battles involving university developments. Up first in the Financial District, the expanding Academy of Art's guaranteed housing is not going over well with, well, anyone. On a similar note, the "visual impact" of City College's Chinatown upcoming 14-story campus—not to mention the shadows!—are already being knocked as an eyesore. Because the last thing Chinatown wants is an eyesore.

2) CraigslistLand: A special seasonal feature dubbed Holiday Special recently rolled out this week, and it provides a glance into the ridiculous Christmastime housing swaps proposed on Craigslist. So if you want to loan your crappy Mission studio to a Spaniard in exchange for a free stay at his farmhouse, hop to it.

3) City-Wide: As 2007 fizzles to a close, it's time for a Curbed holiday tradition: the Curbed Cup, a grueling, four-week elimination tourney to determine the neighborhood that had the best year. Our money's on a minty-fresh SoMa. Well, either South of Market or Bopabesomipo. If you have any strong feelings, do be sure to make yourself heard. Nominations are now being accepted; the brackets will be revealed next week.

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