Love Where You Live

And cre­ate a few Peak Van­cou­ver days.

Vancouver Magazine - - Ed Note -

- last­sum­mer, a friend and Ihad what we re­fer to as our Peak Van­cou­ver day. We started with a stroll over to Al­berni Street to feast on dim sum atKirin, then­packed up our pan­niers with rosé, books and­snacks, and biked to Third Beach to hang out for afew hours.(Oh, sum­mer of rosé, how Imis­s­thee.)We ran in­toneigh­bours while swim­ming(which felt much morek­ismet-y than if we had spot­ted them on­land), and then tow­elled oŽ and sad­dled up for across-city bike ride over to the PNE, where there were food trucks, rides, beer gar­dens and ade­light­ful ses­sion at the Duel­ing Pi­anos tent. Thanks to the scream-shot cam­era over the wooden roller coaster, I have pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence of just how be ac hy( read: gi­ant) my hair was. And also how big my smile.

We were max­ing out our neigh­bour­hood sf or the day. We’ re both West En­ders( I had noth­ing to do with it be­ing named our top ’hood this is­sue, Ipromise—that’s thanks to the cold hard stats from data jour­nal­ist Chad Skel­ton), so that’s where we were for a good chunk of time. It was pretty quin­tes­sen­tial “liv­able neigh­bour­hood” that day: em­body­ing some of the le­gendary ur­ban ac­tivist Jane Ja­cobs’s ideas for what makes agreat place to live (like a mix of re­tail and res­i­den­tial space, a di­ver­sity of build­ing types and ages, den­sity and walk­a­bil­ity), plus as­mat­ter­ing of qualiŸers from the liv­abil­ity in­dex, too: safe trans­porta­tion (yay, bike lanes), clean en­vi­ron­ment (a swimmable ocean), so­cial en­gage­ment (hey, neigh­bours!) and more.

Our Best Neigh­bour­hoods story (page 26) this is­sue takes all of those fac­tors into ac­count, as our ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Stacey McLach­lan lays out, along with just how that data shifts de­pend­ing on your per­sonal wants and needs for what­ever point you are at in your life. (As a sin­gle per­son, for ex­am­ple, schools and fam­ily den­sity are less im­por­tant to me.) There’s no doubt that most peo­ple feel a cer­tain at­tach­ment to their own neigh­bour­hood—Van­cou­ver, de­spite the cur­rent hous­ing cri­sis, still tops many “Most Liv­able City” lists around the world—but Ien­cour­age you to try out the neigh­bour­hood tool we’ve cre­ated at­van­ to see how the fac­tors that are im­por­tant to you might di­rect you to your best spot to live. And, by all means, share with me your Peak Van­cou­ver days—let there be many of them for all of us in the months to come.


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