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Old 01-15-2017, 12:42 AM
 
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Hi
I'm a member of City Data, but spend more time on Skyscraperpage Vancouver Canada
but I would like to point out some differences and parallels between both cities.

OK, everyone knows Vancouver has a big international airport, loads of tall buildings
downtown and in clusters throughout the region, fewer freeways, more rapid transit, etc etc etc
BUT .... the Portland GDP is higher than that in Vancouver. Seems things are doing better than
we are.
If there are any members who would like to submit contrasts and comparisons,
or just remarks, I encourage you to do so here.

These two are about the same size metro. That's very significant.

Two very livable "Cascadia" cities.
Portland doesn't play second fiddle
economically in this pair. It WINS with the higher GDP. So why is Vancouver what it is?
Portland has a mix of high rise mtropolitan, though less that Vancouver, and a great
emphasis placed on mid rise older buildings. But it has some beautiful hill suburbs
and better weather most of the time.
So what is it about Vancouver that seems to draw attention as much as it does?
I'm not saying Vancouver is better, not at all. If you're looking
for some things, go to Portland. For other things, pick Vancouver.
Any relevant debate or remark more than welcome


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Old 01-15-2017, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Portland OR
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No real comments except to say thanks for such nice pics to look at on a cold morning
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Vancouver BC is really beautiful. It is also extremely expensive. I think it is more fair to compare Vancouver to other places in Canada, where it really compares well.

The National Health Care system of Canada makes Vancouver and Portland difficult to compare. Political climate is so different.

It's my understanding that a big cause of high real estate prices in Vancouver is the amount of foreign money being invested there. Portland gets foreign investors, too, but not to the same degree.

Vancouver seems much cleaner. Portland used to be a sparkling clean city, but not any more. Those days are far in the past for Portland.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: WA
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Vancouver is the 3rd largest city in Canada and the only major city on the west coast or west of the Rockies for that matter.

Portland is something like the 23rd largest metro area in the US and the 6th largest metro area on the west coast of the US.

So it isn't surprising that Vancouver receives more international attention. It is a MUCH bigger deal to Canada than Portland is to the US.
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:51 PM
 
Location: bend oregon
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i wish we could move vancouver to the us, east of the cascades. away from the earthquake
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Old 01-17-2017, 02:32 PM
 
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Vancouver is a beautiful city for sure. I have only been there a couple times for conventions so I didn't really get a chance to explore. I also heard it has gotten very expensive to live there.

Is the OP planning on moving? Because it is NOT easy to move there to live if you are a US citizen. Not sure about citzens of other countries. they have a good sized Asian population in Vancouver.
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Old 01-24-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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I've paid a couple of visits to Vancouver. Immigration there differs from immigration anywhere in the USA. It is a coastal city. To me, the highway signage was terrible. I liked the Skytrain, but overall, the mass transit didn't seem that great. To me, I think Vancouver is like New York. I think I'd like to visit again, but I wouldn't really consider living there. Vancouver and Toronto seem to have the same fetish. Big buildings near water. I have relatives who have relocated to Chilliwack. The Vancouver vibe is not that enticing for them anymore.
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Old 01-24-2017, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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My niece was born and raised in Toronto. She moved to Vancouver a four or five years ago. She loves it there because she thinks it's more forward looking, friendly and has more variety than Toronto. I've been close, Victoria, B.C. but not Vancouver. Maybe sometime if I feel like traveling cross country I'll visit. The pictures are certainly enticing.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Europe
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Originally Posted by texasdiver View Post
Vancouver is the 3rd largest city in Canada and the only major city on the west coast or west of the Rockies for that matter.

Portland is something like the 23rd largest metro area in the US and the 6th largest metro area on the west coast of the US.

So it isn't surprising that Vancouver receives more international attention. It is a MUCH bigger deal to Canada than Portland is to the US.
I think you nailed it, right on the head. Thank you!!
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:33 PM
 
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Originally Posted by trofirhen View Post
Hi
I'm a member of City Data, but spend more time on Skyscraperpage Vancouver Canada
but I would like to point out some differences and parallels between both cities.

OK, everyone knows Vancouver has a big international airport, loads of tall buildings
downtown and in clusters throughout the region, fewer freeways, more rapid transit, etc etc etc
BUT .... the Portland GDP is higher than that in Vancouver. Seems things are doing better than
we are.
If there are any members who would like to submit contrasts and comparisons,
or just remarks, I encourage you to do so here.

These two are about the same size metro. That's very significant.

Two very livable "Cascadia" cities.
Portland doesn't play second fiddle
economically in this pair. It WINS with the higher GDP. So why is Vancouver what it is?
Portland has a mix of high rise mtropolitan, though less that Vancouver, and a great
emphasis placed on mid rise older buildings. But it has some beautiful hill suburbs
and better weather most of the time.
So what is it about Vancouver that seems to draw attention as much as it does?
I'm not saying Vancouver is better, not at all. If you're looking
for some things, go to Portland. For other things, pick Vancouver.
Any relevant debate or remark more than welcome


Your perspective seems considerably off.


If you want doughnuts or used books, opt for Portland.


For everything else, Vancouver, BC is far and away preferable.


PS - Vancouver has fewer freeways because it isn't on the way to anywhere else.
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