Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Back from the brink

Last night I returned from a conference in Vancouver, BC, location of the continent's highest residential density. Vancouver has long been known as a "terminal city," owing to its location at the end of the Canada Pacific rail lines, as well as the accompanying phone lines and roads that followed. The city has been able to reposition itself as an international hub with a great deal of neighborhood vitality. It has not been without its challenges -- losses in the manufacturing sector, gentrification, and business sprawl, to name a few.

However, I was reminded daily of how great city life is -- each morning I got down to the lobby of our obscenely fancy hotel and was faced with numerous options of rewarding ways to spend my time, all within easy access. Breakfast...coffee...bookstores...running by the water...walks through city neighborhoods...architectural photography. That was off the top of my head and all visible from within a block of the hotel. More to come, along with some photos.


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