Wednesday, 26 October 2011

#YVR 20 Years Later

Under the Cambie Street bridge.
Birthdays come and go. Seasons change.
Can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I last called Vancouver home.
Thought about what has changed since 1991. In no particular order I’m pretty sure I can come up with 20:

  1. Way more people ride bikes.
  2. There are many official bicycle lanes (convenient).
  3. There’s a Canada Line.
  4. Bikes are allowed on the Canada Line (way cool).
  5. Buses have bike racks (downside there’s only two).
  6. Cyclists share pathways and sidewalks with pedestrians and runners - very well.
  7. Design is hip and seen all around.
  8. Lots of cool public art (where you’d least expect it).
  9. Car co-ops are everywhere.
  10. Transit and bikes is the easiest way to get around.
  11. Lululemon is idolized.
  12. It’s nearly impossible to find live aboard moorage for a boat.
  13. Sophie’s Cosmic Café in Kitsilano has outdoor seating.
  14. Naam makes better coffee.
  15. Vegan choices are widely available.
  16. Capers is now Whole Foods.
  17. Video stores are hard to find.
  18. 604 isn’t the only area code.
  19. Bridge Studios (I worked on MacGyver) has doubled in size.
  20. Being fit is so in!

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