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I Swear, Vancouver is Almost a Big City

I’m starting to think that Vancouver is at the critical mass required to qualify it as a “Big City”.  At 2.5 million, it’s still one-tenth the size of the Tokyo/Mexico City/São Paulo complexes, but with Nature at Vancouver’s doorsteps, 3-million-ish is about right.

It must be my New World sensibilities that have instilled in me a nearly obsessive desire to point my lenses at a city’s skyline.  I remember wishing I had my camera with me while on a business trip to Yakima, Washington, because I spotted a single high-rise.  More justifiably, I’m still kicking myself after all these years for not taking my camera with me to Pittsburgh (I stayed downtown, across from the Igloo).

Here are recent shots of my home town’s Central Business District.  Unlike other North American cities, Vancouver’s CBD is a mixed forest of office towers and condominium buildings.

The view from Stanley Park, near the Aquarium:  

Old and New Vancouver

Old and New Vancouver: Pentax DA 55-300 f/4-5.8 at 230mm, f/5.6

The Shangri-La Hotel, tallest structure in Vancouver (like every building in the city, it is subject to a height cap): 

Shangri-la 1: Pentax DA 16-45 f/4 at 21mm, f/8

Shangri-La 1: Pentax DA 16-45 f/4 at 21mm, f/8

Looking southeast along West Georgia Street:

West Georgia 1: Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 at 12mm, f/5.6

West Georgia 1: Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 at 12mm, f/5.6

What I’d give to gain rooftop and upper-floor access to these buildings!

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