Living close to downtown is an important part of enjoying la vida Vancouver.
"Downtown" is actually a mix of various ressidential and commercial regions that varied and distinct. It's surrounded by beaches, parks and water views that make it one of the prettiest cities in the world... that's according to UN reports and not just me!
Fondest memory: Water view from the 52nd floor of the Sheraton Landmark Hotel.
As an architect I was very anxious to see the City Hall building because I had seen it in so many books and movies. It is all exposed concrete with a huge interior atrium and glass roofs over some of the meeting spaces which although no doubt illegal, it was nonetheless very fun to climb out on these roofs and look down at the people and furniture far below. I have also heard from several people that Victoria Island is very beautiful but we were only in the city for a weekend and didn't get a chance to go there.
Fondest memory: Driving around in the rain observing (only) the many soaking wet prostitutes in the red light district
This is the Sheraton Wall Centre taken during my stay. I was on the 31st floor and took this picture out of my window.
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Favorite thing: Vancouver has a large and bright skyline, I have never seen a city with so many 35 story buildings, but they can't seem to get any higher than that, except this building here.