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Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for Racked's first Neighborhood Style Showdown, a week-long quest to determine which part of the Philly region has the best local style. Today and tomorrow, we'll be pitting eight first-round picks against each other, Wednesday and Thursday we'll narrow them down, and on Friday we'll crown a winner. Of course, we can't do it without you, so get ready to vote!
Our first contender is Haddonfield, New Jersey, a quaint, Camden County town where wholesomeness prevails. This is where South Jersey's elite shop to avoid the melee of the Cherry Hill Mall; the all-American appeal of Kings Highway is much more picturesque, and shoppers complement the scene, looking like they just stepped out of a L.L.Bean catalogue.
The challenger is Manayunk, another shopping district with a thoroughfare at its core. The area's concentration of undergrads and fitness shops make Manayunk's aesthetic a little boozier, sportier, and less refined, but toned twenty-somethings spilling out of yoga studios and gyms are never hard on the eyes. It's up to you to decide if Manayunk's ubiquitous bicycle spandex and jogging shorts are a style plus or minus for the neighborhood.