How Vancouver is this?
Although elevations are off — these mountain peaks tend to reach just 50-60% of the height of our North Shore Mountains, while the building heights can easily double the majority of their tallest cousins across BC’s Lower Mainland — the mix of urbanity and nature is pretty familiar.
That said, today’s images and commentary (of Gordon’s yesterday) throw together some marked contrasts between Hong Kong and Vancouver.
5 – What a station in Vancouver looks like when you’re moving 1.1 million a day. (Okay, that includes all the passengers on buses which handle the majority of trips. But the undersized scale of Canada Line stations was a chintzy decision to begin with and will be a very expensive consequence in the future.)
1 – There are two cities in the world that I’m aware of where super tall and thin towers on either side of a major waterway create a harbour gateway effect. Hong Kong of course – where on the Kowloon side the International Commerce Centre (left) provides one pillar, and on the Victoria side the International Financial Centre (right) provides the other. Two landmarks that together duplicate the role that lighthouses once did in a much earlier age.