Calgary is a great city to live and work in. Plenty of jobs, and affordable. When you need to get away, Banff is an hour away.
Is it a great city to go out of your way to visit? No. Maybe during the Stampede, but even then I think the Stampede is overrated.
Sure its sprawling and there are plenty of cookie cutter neighborhoods, but the core has some liveliness in Kensington and 17th Ave. Sure it's not like Kits and the Drive, but it still gives some colour.
I was one of the biggest Calgary pessimists before moving here, but I've been quite impressed. Once you get over the fact that it's not as charming as Vancouver, it's a great place to live.
Calgary has literally priced people out of the market. Calgary is not affordable. Winnipeg isn't even affordable anymore for single people.
These livability surveys do not rate livability for working people on average incomes. They typically rate livability for corporate executives or highly skilled and educated expatriates on assignment. The Economist Survey is an example of this. I know some people in Vancouver, including media outlets, are either ignorant of this, or choose to overlook it, but it's critical because it tells you that trying to hawk these surveys as indicative of the city's overall livability is at best missing the mark, and at worst is completely moronic. For working people, Vancouver is utterly unlivable; certainly, for most such people, a comparable or better quality of life would be available for a substantially lower cost in almost every other metropolitan area in the country.
Also, I did not say transit, I said transportation infrastructure. This includes roads and freeways (or in Vancouver's case, the lack thereof). Public transit is also woefully inadequate, though; compared to Seoul, NYC, or London, the Skytrain is a joke.
I'd like you to try Winnipeg's transit system. I think you'd be very happy with Vancouver's after using Winnipeg's.
Vancouver's transit is great for a small young city, especially considering its geography. It's ridiculous to compare Vancouver transit to a city like NYC or London. Those cities are much bigger and very densely populated (as is Vancouver proper, but 20x smaller), and have been major cities for centuries.
So me and my girlfriend are contemplating moving out to Vancouver in the next couple years once school is done for her... We have some friends out there right now and they have some good contacts out there... mainly Tommy Europe (who used to play for the BC Lions who now owns his own gym and TV show) and there are quite a few pro sports and junior teams in the area.... So this might be a good move for me career wise.
Living in downtown Vancouver is great and if within your means, I would do it. Ottawa is great too, especially since you can make trips to Quebexico and I generally like the population in Ottawa. The main advantage in Vancouver is that its a lot more easy going and the weather never drops below freezing. You can also downhill ski instead of cross-country which is a huge plus if you like hitting the mountain.
Living the suburbs is okay but if I didn't have kids, or made an extra $500K a year (to afford a 2,000 sq ft condo), I would still be downtown. Having lived both in the suburbs and downtown as a working adult, I think my opinion is pretty valid. In my experience most people who prefer living in the suburbs have never actually lived downtown.
For working people, Vancouver is utterly unlivable; certainly, for most such people, a comparable or better quality of life would be available for a substantially lower cost in almost every other metropolitan area in the country.
If I read this correctly, only non-working people can afford to live in Vancouver.
Let's think of the logic being offered in this argument here.
Yeah, I really enjoyed my time in Santiago but I wouldn't exactly rank it on a livability survey. Really polluted, much worse traffic than Vancouver and, despite having had many more actual close calls than I had there, I couldn't help but feel on edge most of the time. Something to do with heavily armed policemen around one corner and getting mean mugged around the next.
It doesn't has vancouver's transit system but housing prices, while on the rise, are far more affordable than Vancouver. For the same price my familys sold our POS condo in Burquitlam they bought a spacious, newer house that is by winnie's technopole and has all amnesties nearby. And while the winter is obviously colder it doesn't rain anywhere as much and there are great lake beaches nearby during summer. Oh, and people with tech/engineering degrees can actually find jobs unlike in Vancouver.
Manhattan isn't a little enclave - it is 60 sq km, more than half the size of all of Vancouver - not sure how it's relevant comparing it to the couple of square clicks in the downtown peninsula.
To get an idea of how populous AND big Manhattan is, take everybody living east of Boundary and west of, and squeeze them in west of Main St.
Love that town...
You compared Manhattan to all of Vancouver. I pointed out that comparing it to downtown Vancouver is a better comparison: Manhattan is 7.2% of NYC's total area, and the downtown peninsula is 8.6% of Vancouver's total area, and both are the most densely populated areas of their respective cities.
And if you see my original post, I clearly said that comparing NYC's transit system to that of Vancouver's is silly, considering NYC is a much older, bigger, and more densely populated city. My main point is that considering Vancouver's size and geographic constraints, its transit is just fine (especially in Vancouver proper).