Yes the city is located on a gorgeous spot in Canada with Canadas nicest climate conditions. However its not a metropolis, its not world class, its not "happening"
Vancouver is a sleepy large tourist village. The pace is liken to Mexico. There is not much for big business and people tend to be wandering rather then walking our streets. Theres plenty of coffee shops in the downtown core filled with people who do not work and sit there for hours on end. Some are rich retiree's, most are on welfare which is handed ut freely.
Vancouver was once a fun place to be. But its the hippie city that cannot cope with growth. Traffic is out of hand and the homeless bum problem is staggering. Vancouver is home to the largest slum in North America. Per capita it is larger and worse then anything in the USA including Fynnt Michigan. Vancouver likes to keep this quiet, especially since the slum is located just one block over from its Gastown tourist strip. The hood used to be about 6 blocks long and walkable, now its 20 blocks long and I wouldnt walk there for money. The East Vancouver slum is literally jam packed with junkies. It has the highest rate of aids and hepatitis in North America. Another little fact you wont see on the tourist brochures. How does the city cope? It has needle exchanges where junkies can go shoot up on a sofa while nurses watch them. If that weret enough, they now hand out free herion to the junkies. No kidding, look it up. The result is violent junkies that spread thru all areas of downtown with a huge entitlement chip on their shoulders. They smash car windows for change in the ashtray and women are mugged every day. All this stuff is kept quiet by the city but if you call the newspapers with say a mugging story you will get a dose of reality when they calmy tell you "so what, I've got three calls like this already this morning, call me when you have NEWS"
People think sitting around in coffee shops wearing roots hats no shoes is cool. People dress poorly in Vancouver likely due to the high cost of living and lack of work they do. I've lived in Vancouver since 92 and it keeps getting worse.
Traffic is growing rapidly. Many areas of the city take hours to get through which is puzzling since I cannot figure out where they are going. There isnt a downtown core in Vancouver. Downtown is mostly residential due to a 10 year condo boom. This in turn has caused a reverse commute in traffic and a tax problem for the city since residences pay way less then office space.
2010 winter olympic costs are likely going to push Vancouver to the brink. The high condo density in downtown will likely force the city to raise taxes substancially on residences to cover costs. Many so called hip area like Yaletoen (not hip whatsoever by even say Edmonton standards) are destined for slums.
There is plenty of great surroundings in Vancouver. However there is not much of a city. The Art Gallery features prints. Not kidding, many of the displays are prints which floored me the first time I saw it. There is no arts scene. The symphony and opera are struggling little entities and as a result are not very good. Its a catch 22. They cannot afford to pay due to poor ticket sales and they cannot attract many people due to poor performances. A shame. I think most people in Vancopuver simply cannot afford to go out much and when they do its a hockey game or drinking. Vancouver is pretty low brow.
If you visit visit in the summer when the weather is gorgeous. THat 3 months the city is a great little getway. However the rest of the time is dark rainy and depressing. Its a small town growing into a city and has not faced the problems of that growth. Makes me wonder about its future. So far Vancouverites have proven themselves to have their heads in the sand hoping the problems will fix themselves. With a mounting drug infested slum, reverse commute from residential downtown and lack or revenue plus apple social handouts I cannot see this city improving.
filthy beggar with their Vancouver hands out ... and thats a waiter at the 4 seasons.
Vancouver is a city on the west coast of Canada. It has been voted and said by most to be the most beautifull city in the world. Mountains wall in the city and the ocean crashes downtown. In ten minutes you can be walking in old growth forests. Greenpeace, adbusters, legal pot, safe injection sites and things like this make Vancouver Hated by right wing nuts. Vancouver has the highest density, highest property values and best heath standards of Any city its size in the world.
In Vancouver I sit by the ocean in peace. Every other city seems empty to me after loving Vancouver
That city where if you own a house already, you can sell it and buy two of the same in Toronto, or three in Calgary, or an entire street in Winnipeg.
My mouldy 1200 square foot bungalow in Vancouver costs one million dollars because it's got a yard. A yard with trees? That'll be a million-two.
1. A city in Canada everyone's heard of.
2. A city in Washington no one's heard of. When people hear Vancouver they think Canada and when they hear Washington they think Washington DC. So we're not so popular. But hey, we're next to Portland, which is something. And we have lots of meth.
No one cares about Vancouver, WA.
1. A Canadian city located in British Columbia that is surrounded by beautiful scenery (e.g. mountains, water, parks, etc.).
2. A city whose citizens feel the need to remind you over and over again just how beautiful the city is, and just how pathetic and square you are from being from the province of Ontario.
1. Stanley Park, the Coast Range Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, mild temperatures, blah, blah, blah, it's impressive.
2. Person from Vancouver: You want to go smoke a joint and hang out on the beach?
Person from anywhere else: Sounds good, but I have to go cash a cheque at the bank first.
Person from Vancouver: Cash a cheque? What the hell is wrong with you? You must be from Toronto, you poor thing, such an ugly city with rude people. I hate Ontario, there's no good pot or drift wood there. Vancouver is the best, look around, this place is so much better than any other place in our solar system.
Large, densely populated international city on the Pacific coast. Third largest city in the nation, largest city in the province. Contains the most densely populated areas in North America and most diverse population in the nation. Vancouver often received accolades from international rankings (usually #1 or 2 in the world). Among most notable, Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic games.
"I went to Seattle for vacation but can only remember Vancouver!" actual quote from my mom!
That city where the average house price in the metropolitan region is now $699,000 as of august 2006, and where one in three houses for sale is listed at over a million dollars. Torontonians who move here usually end up downsizing from a 4 bedroom house in the city to a 2 bedroom condo or townhome 3 hours from downtown.
Sells toronto house for $378,000. Heads to Vancouver and looks around...
Vancouver east: $560,000
Vancouver west: $1,200,000
North Vancouver: $814,000
West Vancouver: $1,500,000
White Rock: $710,000
Shit, looks like I'll hv to live in Victoria or sth...
One of the world's most beautiful cities. A very diverse city.
I wish I cauld move to Vancouver but it's very expensive.