Yaletown, a strange little bubble or something

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Been living in yaletown for 3/4 of a year now. One thing I've noticed is that it's almost like a weird little utopia.

The majority of people living here are between the ages of 25-35, with about another 10% or so who are older than 20 but younger than 40. No one lives here outside of that range. No one has kids. Everyone has their little dog that nicely complements their purse or jacket. At Halloween you forget that kids go tricker treating. Because there are no kids. Most people who live here are financially well off, and everyone is in good health. The power never goes out. Storms are weakened to the point that you don't notice them, they're blocked by the buildings in the West End (I had no idea there was even a wind storm a few weeks back until everyone started setting their Facebook status to things like "Jane is happy her power is back after 8 hours without". Amazingly enough, it did snow here last weekend. Downtown rarely gets snow. The temperature is somewhat milder than outside of the downtown core. It doesn't even rain as hard, or as much. There are two types of restaurants here, the standard pub style, with overpriced, usually low-ish quality food, and medium-high end, with overpriced food that is generally ok. Most people walk to work, and few have cars. The buildings are less than 7 years old. Most look the same. Primarily one bedrooms between 400-700 sqft, in suite laundry and a dishwasher. Honestly, the whole neighborhood just feels a bit too homogenized. But I'm still having fun, so I'm happy :).

I'd go on about the other areas of downtown that I love... but my sleep schedule is too messed up, so I'm going to bed.

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Last time I was in Yaletown

Last time I was in Yaletown they charged me $12 for a high ball. It's just messed up there.

You seem like a nice person

beckett

You seem like a nice person and Christmas is near and I don't want to be mean spirited but this is a profoundly sad post. Perhaps you should organize Yaletowners Against Douchebaggery and take a group of volunteers down to the Union Gospel Mission on Hastings on Christmas day and serve hot meals to people whose idea of happiness is not to have been rendered into breakfast meat on a farm in Coquitlam.

Sean Orr: What's ignorant?

Scott Hadfield

Sean Orr: What's ignorant? Yaletown or me?

beckett: i honestly didn't mean for it to come off as sad. just my observations of the neighborhood. in fact, pretty much all the people I've met here have been really nice and open. Yaletowners Against Douchebaggery is an excellent idea :).

oh, to be living in one of

oh, to be living in one of the best gentrified areas in Vancouver. hate it and love it. it's missing heart though. i can no longer spend time there in the day. it's depressing and hollow. the only good time is on the weekend where people pretend, or don't pretend, to be pretentious and go to the overpriced lounges. other than that, i don't need to be pretentious more than a few hours a week.

"Yaletown, a strange little

"Yaletown, a strange little bubble or something" Its called ignorance.

Yup, everyone is young,

Yup, everyone is young, healthy, fashionably dressed, and good-looking. When I have friends from the burbs visit they leave with neck cramps.

There are a bunch of 2 bedroom + den places in my building. So, I've been seeing more kids.

Consider the overpriced food at restaurants/pubs as riff-raff tax. :-p

And yes, I realize I'm a Yaletown douche-bag and I don't care.

But, it's definitely the way to design a neighbourhood. There is a good mix or commercial, office-space, and residential. (Although all of the new game companies that have recently started are trying to find offices in Yaletown without success.)

Other, more family-oriented neighbourhoods, should probably build more 2-3 bedroom brownstone-type buildings. That's what is missing in Vancouver. Vancouver is a great city to be young, single, and financially independent. It could use some work for young families.