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Old 03-31-2009, 06:01 PM
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Just a little note, while Vancouver does indeed have many more immigrants and is more cosmopolitan regarding Asians, Seattle has many more descendants of Hispanic and African countries and peoples.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:41 PM
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Here is a very interesting article from Vancouver Magazine from about two years ago:
The New Seattle | Vancouver Magazine
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by aek11 View Post
I don't intend this to be a 'which one is better' thread, but more of a: what are the similarities, and what are the differences thread.

I am very familiar with Seattle, but Vancouver...I've never lived there (only visited many times).
I want to see if I would want to live in Vancouver so help me out by giving me more information .

I've basically lived in Seattle almost all my life (except I don't live there right now). I actually like the Seattle weather, except I wish it was a little colder. I like how the weather there is very mild in all seasons compared to many other places. I can't stand hot weather!! I didn't like Seattle because it was so boring and a lot of the people are very closed-minded, and too-safe.

1. Weather
2. People
3. Food
4. Nightlife
5. Jobs
6. Housing
7. Lifestyle
8. ETC>>>>>
There is no comparison to Vancouver and Seattle.

1: Weather: Vancouver is 60% more clear, and sunny than Seattle. Huge topography difference.
2. People: Vancouver has fewer African Americans (= much less violent crime as my African brothers concur).
3. Food: Vancouver, has a more Asian and International(European) influence.
4. Nightlife: Vancouver HAS a nightlife.
5. Jobs: Vancouver has little unemployment.
6. Housing: Vancouver is in Canada. For renters: Legally, you can't ask for first months rent, last months rent and a damage deposit. WTF!
7: Lifestyle: Similar.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:28 PM
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Looking back on this v. old thread, I find on ythr Net that the violent crime rates in Vancouver vs Seattle have dramatically changed since 2009 (the dates for the last entries on this thread, in which some heated discussions occurred)

The aggravated assault rate in Seattle has dropped significantly (as have all violent crime rates in the overall US) compared to an ongoing rise in Vancouver, mostly due to the ongoing Asian drug gang crime rates in that city. (sources: FBI Uniform Crime Stats, & Stats-Can RCMP Crime Info Stats)

As well, the US has moved to, if I recall, about 39 or 40 states that now allow Concealed Weapon Carry permits, which has significantly reduced aggravated assault as well as attempts at so-called "dark alley" thefts.

As well, the US has always had significantly larger cities than in Canada, in terms of numbers and populations (NYC, for instance has what now? 8.5 M people living there? Vancouver has what? 1.5M?) , and we have a much wider range of incomes between the rich and the poor.

As well, the Vancouver "entitlement" population attracts a different "cultural cohort" (I watched a government-operated "free lunch" Taco Wagon type operation come to a stop @ Hastings & Main a few years back, beeped it's horn, and the "free lunch set" poured out of the surrounding alleys, etc for their free handout lunch sandwiches. Now I wonder what lesson that teaches?)

This difference in population sizes and opportunities leads to crimes that reflect social status. Canada is also a far more rural community, and Vancouver reflects a much different cultural milieu than most of the other Canadian cities, whereas Seattle is not that different than Portland, San Francisco, eond other coastal cities, incl. most of them back east.

The importation of full-auto firearms continues unabaited in Canada, and my very good friend there still reports the incidence of Asian gang "executions": and drive-bys is high. As well, the notes back in 2009 mentioned some firearms coming into Mexico from the US: now we all know why, don't we? (See: The Obama US-Mexico gun sting operation which backfired, was also specifically intended to hurt the image of US gun owners, so as to promote more strict gun registration laws. Turns out the Obama government is egregiously responsible for a lot of innocent deaths. Ooops...)

I still go up there for the outrageously good Asian food, but it's rapidly become a much different cultural experience in Vancouver even than it was back in 2009. Very Oriental mix now! A very much more Oriental city, and those real-estate prices? Who can possibly afford to buy a home now? (I watched a report on this on CTV Vancouver recently where they interviewed a number of folks in the street, people who could not even imagine buying a single-family home in Greater Vancouver!).

Save me!
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:24 PM
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Canada more rural? Seriously? I'm pretty sure Canada is a much more urbanized society than America, especially considering American suburbs aren't urban in character for the most part, ie Mesa or Beaverton is WAY more 'country' than Burnaby or Mississauga.
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