Identical skyscrapers, green apartments, and Warhol street signs: Photos from Vancouver

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I’m wrapping up Vancouver month on the blog with a photo essay of pics from my time in the city. Some of these were taken a few years ago (hence the sushi store that’s no longer in business), but taken together they present a pretty accurate picture of the city.

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I took this photo because that classic VW van stood out in front of the modern apartment building. I must have this van!:

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I spent a fair amount of time wandering around the parks and beach areas. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t warm enough to swim.

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I loved this art piece and the way it contrasted with the colorful skyscraper behind it.

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Most of the skyscrapers in Vancouver look exactly the same. It’s very strange, and kind of unsettling.

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Going into the neighborhoods was fun, because I got to see cool sights like this. A ravioli store! That’s what you call an extremely specific niche.

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This sushi place had a cool outside decor and a nice view. Sadly, it is no longer there.

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More businesses from the neighborhood business districts:

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I had occasion to walk across a bridge, which led to some interesting sights both on the bridge…

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… and below. Look at all those cop cars!

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Another look at the Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park.

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The sights across the river.

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Look how cheap gas is in Canada! Except it’s in Canadian dollars… and it’s per liter, not per gallon.

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Vancouver has some weird street signs. To me, this one says “Watch for grown men playing bocce”:

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And here’s another odd sign. I think it means that there are cameras at the stoplights, but I love that the picture is one of those old-timey Andy Warhol-style cameras.

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I’ve never seen a high-rise apartment building with this much greenery. Gotta give them credit!

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I had a chance to see an in-store concert by punk rocker Andrew WK at Neptoon Records. It was a wild and crazy show that I will never forget.

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A random scene from a neighborhood church:

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More scenes from amid the skyscrapers, including an urban garden:

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

2 comments on “Identical skyscrapers, green apartments, and Warhol street signs: Photos from Vancouver

  1. We love Vancouver! First time there was for Expo 84, and have been there about every 10 years, watching it build up. I like how you posted the photo of identical high-rises- and you are right, it is a bit creepy. But knowind what a great city it is, and how nice Canadians are, I get over it quickly! Again, thanks for another great post!

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