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."