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Old 02-19-2019, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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Greater Vancouver has about 2.5 million people in 1,000 square miles. Fulton County and the two densest counties in the metro area (Dekalb and Cobb) together occupy about 1,000 square miles and have a population that's a bit shy of 2.5 million. If you included Gwinnett and Clayton, the population would rise to about 3.4 million 1,600 square miles.


Obviously, Atlanta's exurbs are clearly more expansive. However, they have sufficiently low population density that they don't really make the Atlanta region feel large.


Greater Vancouver, like metro Atlanta, has a lot of suburban highrise. The area around the Richmond-Brighouse Skytrain has about as much highrise as the Cumberland-Vinings Area in Atlanta; all of the highrise districts near Skytrain stations in Burnaby together have as much highrise as Buckhead and Perimeter Center in Atlanta. Peninsular Vancouver (Downtown+West End+Coal Harbour+Yaletown+Gastown) definitely has more highrise than Dowtown Atlanta+Midtown Atlanta.


About 500k take Skytrain in Vancouver daily vs 250k taking MARTA rail in Atlanta. 750k take Vancouver buses daily vs about 200k taking MARTA bus in Atlanta.


Atlanta has massive and crowded freeways, while Vancouver has no freeways. However, both have equally bad traffic.


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Though metro Atlanta is more populated per the stats, I feel that Greater Vancouver's extensive highrise, large mass transit ridership, and street grid within the city limits with a relatively walkable vernacular on certain arterials (Main St., Broadway, E Hastings, Cambie St. and Granville Street) AWAY from the downtown peninsula, and more heavily developed suburbs all contribute to its feeling just as large as metro Atlanta.


What are your thoughts on how the two metros compare in terms of how large they feel?
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:51 AM
 
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It doesn't have business heft or the big three sports (Murica!), but it's orders of magnitude better on dense urban neighborhoods and transit.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Greater Atlanta is larger and expands far in every direction. Vancouver is on the water, so its land area is naturally more constrained.

If you are measuring the cities, Vancouver is denser, more urban, superior public transit. Its also a gorgeous city with an excellent water front and beautiful surrounding scenery. (very expensive though).

If we voting the nicer and bigger city - Vancouver.

Larger metro - Atlanta.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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If you stay downtown maybe. But once you leave downtown it's obvious Atlanta's a lot bigger.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:36 AM
 
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Doesn't matter how it feels...IMO. Vancouver is amazingly beautiful, dense, and Atlanta can't compare.

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Old 02-20-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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It doesn't feel as vast, but it feels more urban and dense. I don't think these two are subjective.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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The two couldn't be any more different. Atlanta feels much bigger in scale. Vancouver is much more dense and urban.
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Old Yesterday, 05:49 PM
 
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Doesn't matter how it feels...IMO.
But isn't that literally the topic of the thread?
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Old Yesterday, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Doesn't matter how it feels...IMO. Vancouver is amazingly beautiful, dense, and Atlanta can't compare.
How is this relevant to the question in the OP?
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Old Yesterday, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Greater Vancouver, like metro Atlanta, has a lot of suburban highrise. The area around the Richmond-Brighouse Skytrain has about as much highrise as the Cumberland-Vinings Area in Atlanta; all of the highrise districts near Skytrain stations in Burnaby together have as much highrise as Buckhead and Perimeter Center in Atlanta. Peninsular Vancouver (Downtown+West End+Coal Harbour+Yaletown+Gastown) definitely has more highrise than Dowtown Atlanta+Midtown Atlanta.
My impression is that a large proportion of Vancouver's high rises are residential. While such real estate is a growing presence around Atlanta, it is a very small share of the overall market and concentrated in a limited number of areas, and more inside the city limits than elsewhere. Most of the tall buildings in the key suburban areas (Cumberland/Vinings, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody) are office towers.

I think there is certainly a case for Vancouver being a more enjoyable place to visit as a tourist than Atlanta, especially if one is just comparing the immediate downtown areas. Living is quite a different matter ... given the housing costs, well-rounded and substantial economy, and more warmth and sunshine in Atlanta ... but it is difficult and in some respects unfair to compare US and Canadian cities along those lines.
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