The Dark Side to the World's Most Livable City

From high drug use to overpriced housing, Vancouver has its flaws despite its 5-year strong top spot as the world's most livable city.
March 4, 2011, 10am PST | Shay Kahen
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Brian Hutchinson has some problems with his city's continued top spot as most livable city in the world. Among his concerns:

"Despite its natural beauty and pockets of healthy living, Vancouver has serious problems with organized, violent crime. Its housing is wildly expensive, some say over-priced, and it's still dealing with a leaky-condominium crisis, the result of a shoddy home construction boom. It has recently assumed more debt, and is dealing with an Olympics-related financial burden, the bungled Athletes Village real estate development. And of course it is home to one of the poorest, most disease-ridden inner-city neighbourhoods in the western world, the dreadful Downtown Eastside, into which hundreds of millions of tax dollars are poured every year, with poor to middling results."

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Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in National Post
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