We know Vancouver is a livable city.
Many Top 10 lists tell us that, and just look around at the ocean, the mountains, a growing metropolis.
But is it “mind-numbingly boring?” The Economist magazine thinks so.
One of The Economists travel correspondents says it’s becoming a problem.
“Cities strive to become nicer places to live. Yet the more they succeed, the less interesting they become.”
One of the biggest culprits? Vancouver.
“Vienna, Vancouver and Geneva always seemed to do well (in livability studies). Pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring. What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable to Paris?”
Before getting upset, Vancouverites should think twice about giving too much weight to the column.
The Economist once demoted Vancouver in its livability rankings for its traffic problem, pointing to a closure on the Malahat Highway … on Vancouver Island.