Seattle, WA vs. Vancouver, BC – Sister Cities?

[photopress:Seattle.jpg,full,alignright]Stephen Jagger of Ubertor gave me a “heads up” this morning about an article written in Vancouver Magazine. 

Sometimes you learn more about your own City by reading the reviews and travel guides of its visitors vs. its residents.

Some of the facts in the article that I found interesting:

Hot Neighborhoods: Seattle’s Pioneer Square – Vancouver’s Gastown are both “troubled historic neighborhoods by the port”.

[photopress:bim.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Hole in the wall burrito Joints: Seattle’s Bimbos Bitchin’ Burrito Kitchen – Vancouver’s Budgies Burritos (location and phone number in Vancouver Mag’s Article)

Mayor’s “GREEN” Record – Seattle’s Nickels nationally recognized for taking Seattle “green” and adopting the Kyoto protocol while Vancouver’s Sam Sullivan “wants his new ecodensity intitiative to be nationally recognized”. 

Seattle invented the term: “Skid Road” – Vancouver invented the word “Skid Row”  (Actually I had heard San Francisco invented the term “Skid Row” – My partner says Seattle invented “Skid Row” – Google says My partner is correct, but I’d let Vancouver have that one.)

Date downtown burned to the ground: Seattle 6/6/1889 – Vancouver 6/13/1886

I’m wondering how many large cities burned to the ground?  I don’t think Philadelphia ever did, because The Betsy Ross House is still standing (note to Bubble People – Betsy Ross was “a renter” in case you are compiling a list of “famous renters throughout history 🙂 ) and so is Independence Hall as well as The World’s First Penitentiary attributed to Benjamin Franlin’s idea.  For anyone interested in REALLY OLD buildings, this virtual tour of Historic Philadelphia is very cool.

Voter turnout last civic election:  Seattle – 30%    Vancouver – 32.4%

Median age:  Seattle – 30     Vancouver – 38 (average age here in Kirkland is 30-something too.  Where do the older people live?)

Seattle is the “fittest” City in the U.S. – Vancouver is the “fittest City in Canada (based on the percentage of the population considered to be overweight) I’m sure there is some City in CA that is going to dispute that one.

Trevor Boddy, Vancouver Magazine’s author of the article titled “The New Seattle”  (from which the above photo was derived “Old and New: Seattle’s iconic Space Needle and Alexander Calder’s Eagle, one of the installations at the new Olympic Sculpture Park.Image credit: Rosemary Poole”) has this to say:

Vancouver and Seattle are Siamese twins. Yet we are fused not at the head, but at the backlooking in different directions. ”  This is just one of several posts in Vancouver Magazine’s “Seattle Series”.  I highly recommend a read of the entire series. 


36 Hours in Seattle: Where to eat, drink, shop and sightsee.

Bed Check: Reviews of three very different Seattle hotels.

Culture Crawl: Our ranking of Seattle’s independent coffeehouses, and listings of the best local books and music acts.

The New Seattle: What Vancouver can learn from its Pacific sister.

A Tale of Two Cities: Which city’s wealthier? Safer? Healthier? Seattle and Vancouver by the numbers.

I’m not certain all of the facts about Seattle and Vancouver are true – but it is a fun read.  A Big Thank You to Stephen of Ubertor for the email and “head’s up”. 

My favorite Vancouver Magazine article is Playing the Real Estate Game and I hope to write a “sister article” based on that one, comparing the Seattle Real Estate Market to Vancouver’s by week end.

11 thoughts on “Seattle, WA vs. Vancouver, BC – Sister Cities?

  1. Great article! I’m from the Vancouver area and can defintitely recognize a lot of the similarities that he is talking about. In terms of what the cities can learn from each other, as much as Vancouver traffic is hideous, I must admit that it is better than Seattles.

  2. Hey Matt! I’m pleased to announce that Bimbo’s is alive and well, have no plans yet to shut their doors, and they will be moving to a new location.

    But just in case…it might be a good time to head on over to Bimbo’s before the wrecking ball comes to town. We should all visit them in their new location when they move. In fact every real estate agent should go there when they move, to support the “relocated tenant”, and help them continue forward without a big loss while people figure out where they went.

    We can have a Relocated Bimbo’s Party! I think that comes after the Goodbye Bimbo’s Party. Will we ever run out of reasons to party!?! I think not.

  3. Rich! That is rich! Thanks for the “heads up”. I’m sure there are more than “two different groups here in Seattle”.

    Looks like I’m winning 🙂 But how do I know Synthetik didn’t vote for me more than once? I don’t want to “win” unfairly 😉

  4. As the years go by, Seattle is even starting to look a lot more like Vancouver, thanks to a bumper crop of ugly condos.

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  7. Lived in Vancouver my entire life. I prefer Vancouver, but I’m 100% willing to chalk that one up to hometown bias. Seattle is absolutely incredible, aswell. Go Seahawks. 😉

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