Best of the Bay 2009: The race for Best Neighborhood

Perennial favorite Seminole Heights is currently in the lead in Hillsborough, but SoHo/Hyde Park is running a very close second. Not too far behind them are two new contenders: Ybor City and Davis Islands.

As for Pinellas, last year's winner Old Northeast has the lead, but Downtown St. Pete is looking very strong, too. And there's tight competiton from Historic Kenwood, Dunedin and Gulfport.

And that's not all: We're seeing votes coming in for every neighborhood from Crescent Lake to Clearwater Beach, from Bayshore Beautiful to Temple Terrace. Will a dark horse pull ahead? Will the champions defend their crowns? Only you can decide. Vote now for Best of the Bay 2009.

We're 2,000-plus votes and counting in this year's Best of the Bay Readers' Poll — deadline Aug. 31 — and there are no hotter races underway than the ones for Best Neighborhood/Hillsborough and Best Neighborhood/Pinellas.

After the jump: Find out if your 'hood is among the front-runners.

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