Vancouver: Mapping More Than Totem Poles
Vancouver. Everyone’s partying like it’s still 2010, yet outsiders still think that all there is to the city is totem poles, green-glass condos, and naked hippies dancing on a steamy, foggy beach (wait, maybe this is partially true). In this map, we take an in-depth look at the complex fabric of neighborhoods that make up one of the most livable cities in North America.
Prints available in our map store.
For a deeper analysis, here is Urbane staffer Trevor Felch’s take on Vancouver.
What Urbane’s map captured most is that Vancouver is more than just its shiny urban core. Tourists think of the beautiful green glass condos on the cruise ship harbor, the pulse of Robson Street, the steam clock, and Granville Island’s creative bustle. Of course, there’s Stanley Park, its totem poles, and an expansive green space that is one of North America’s premier major urban parks.
Then look at the map. That concentrated area is, what, one-tenth of the city’s area? This is after all no second-fiddle city to behemoth Toronto, or its colleagues in the U.S. The Hollywood of the North has dairy farms right nearby. It’s not like that in L.A. Studying the map, you’ll notice an enormous difference going from west to east.
Indeed, Vancouver loves its hockey, gardens, and mountains. The city has no shortage of flashy and not-flashy nightlife. Vancouver is in theory “Rain City,” though it actually receives less rain per year than New York.
What this map best shows per our team’s research and discussions with locals is what I’d find to be a fitting thesis on Vancouver 2013: Diverse Ethnicities Living on Royally-Named Streets