Vancouver Magazine - Best of the City 2016 - - Welcome - MICHAEL HAR­RIS ED­I­TOR

Here in Van­cou­ver, we’ve been look­ing at that clunky word—in bold neon let­ters, no less—ev­ery time we drive over the Granville Street Bridge, for about a year now. The sign, which means “A To­tal Work of Art,” was in­stalled by de­vel­oper Ian Gille­spie and is a place­holder for what’s sure to be one of the grand­est of ar­chi­tec­tural state­ments com­ing our way: a $200 mil­lion tower by Dan­ish star­chi­tect Bjarke In­gels; Van­cou­ver House’s can­tilevered walls will pull back, like an enor­mous cur­tain of glass, to re­veal the city beyond.

That sign re­minds us that the var­i­ous el­e­ments mak­ing up a city like ours (the post­card-per­fect moun­tains, the thriv­ing tech in­dus­try, the fa­mously dis­cern­ing restau­rant scene) have come to­gether to cre­ate the fan­tas­tic, chaotic, and ut­terly unique place that is here.

Wher­ever you’ve ar­rived from, and how­ever long you’re stay­ing, you are part of that. Van­cou­ver is a city of strangers meet­ing. In fact, you’re about as likely to run into some­one born in Shang­hai or Cal­gary or Mel­bourne, as you are to meet folks from here. And to­gether, we’re form­ing our own strange and beau­ti­ful Ge­samtkunst­werk.

Th­ese pages were brought to­gether to guide you dur­ing your own dis­cov­ery of Van­cou­ver. We hope they help you find what you’re look­ing for (and, in the case of the Korean ta­cos on page 72, maybe things you didn’t even know to look for). En­joy th­ese hall­marks of the city, and the many more gems we couldn’t fit in.

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