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Old Oct 30th 2016, 3:03 am
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Default Vancouver - what a dump (if TV drama is to be believed)

My only experience of Vancouver is Da Vinci's Inquest, Intelligence and The Romeo Section.

If those excellent shows are anything to go by it's all back alleys and dumpsters, drug couriers on bikes and seedy bars and clubs.

What's it really like?
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
My only experience of Vancouver is Da Vinci's Inquest, Intelligence and The Romeo Section.

If those excellent shows are anything to go by it's all back alleys and dumpsters, drug couriers on bikes and seedy bars and clubs.

What's it really like?
My daughter who lives there, and who works at Hastings and Main in a trade closely connected with the illegal drug business, says it's lovely in a yummy mummy kind of way. "Like the Beach in Toronto but with an actual beach".

The Beach in Toronto is, of course, ultra-snob in a right athletic gear, premium stroller, kind of way.
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Default Re: Vancouver - what a dump (if TV drama is to be believed)

Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
My only experience of Vancouver is Da Vinci's Inquest, Intelligence and The Romeo Section.

If those excellent shows are anything to go by it's all back alleys and dumpsters, drug couriers on bikes and seedy bars and clubs.

What's it really like?
Manhattan with mountains.
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Originally Posted by dbd33 View Post
My daughter who lives there, and who works at Hastings and Main in a trade closely connected with the illegal drug business, says it's lovely in a yummy mummy kind of way. "Like the Beach in Toronto but with an actual beach".

The Beach in Toronto is, of course, ultra-snob in a right athletic gear, premium stroller, kind of way.
As far as I'm concerned, Vancouver is the most scenic city in the world, absolutely love it. Of course there are areas that are bad, just like anywhere else.
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As far as I'm concerned, Vancouver is the most scenic city in the world, absolutely love it. Of course there are areas that are bad, just like anywhere else.
I agree! Unfortunately we sold our house only 5 years ago and now cannot afford to return.
The only thing I'm frustrated with is sirens...they seem to be used for very little reason. Surely the flashing lights would suffice, as warning, unless a critical situation emerged.
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It's not a dump but it's nothing special either!
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As far as I'm concerned, Vancouver is the most scenic city in the world, absolutely love it. Of course there are areas that are bad, just like anywhere else.
Somebody the other day on a thread said that Vancouver itself is nothing special at all, but it's the surroundings that make it scenic, which I thought was spot on. Take away the mountains, ocean etc and it wouldn't be somewhere most would want to visit.
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It's not a dump but it's nothing special either!
Have you been down Granville St lately? Half the shops are vacant the other half are pot shops or grimy bars or that seem to get their inspiration from the 1980s. It seems the mad condo building frenzy has sapped the energy from the commercial/consumer space. Yaletown is the only place that has nice places but its an area that is completely soulless.
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Somebody the other day on a thread said that Vancouver itself is nothing special at all, but it's the surroundings that make it scenic, which I thought was spot on. Take away the mountains, ocean etc and it wouldn't be somewhere most would want to visit.
Vancouver is a bit of a dump, but it's a 1000 times nicer than anywhere else in this country.
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Vancouver is a bit of a dump, but it's a 1000 times nicer than anywhere else in this country.
For you, I'm guessing the attraction is just the fishing
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For you, I'm guessing the attraction is just the fishing
No, its work related and it was the best of some rather unappetizing options I was given. But fishing, take-aways and booze help to somewhat quieten the agonizing existential hum of being here.
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
Somebody the other day on a thread said that Vancouver itself is nothing special at all, but it's the surroundings that make it scenic, which I thought was spot on. Take away the mountains, ocean etc and it wouldn't be somewhere most would want to visit.
It depends on what you are looking for. There is so much to do in Vancouver, and it's very cosmopolitan, we really enjoy the huge variety of ethnic restaurants as well. Having been here almost 40 years, and having done a lot of travel all across the world, my opinion is that it is a great place to live and to visit.
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How insulting to every single member of the forum !!
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Originally Posted by Oink View Post
Have you been down Granville St lately? Half the shops are vacant the other half are pot shops or grimy bars or that seem to get their inspiration from the 1980s. It seems the mad condo building frenzy has sapped the energy from the commercial/consumer space. Yaletown is the only place that has nice places but its an area that is completely soulless.
Granville street isn't the whole of Vancouver.
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How insulting to every single member of the forum !!
What was insulting? I must have missed it?
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