Vancouverites are not happy that their city has lost the top spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most liveable cities index. We have been overtaken by both Vienna(#2) and Melbourne(#1). It is small consolation that the downgrade was by less than one percentage point.
The factor that seems to have been the cause is traffic congestion. We will freely admit that is one of our faults. Travel across any of the bridges in the Lower Mainland can be a stop-go process, especially if there is any kind of problem (a stalled car being the most common). What we found astounding was that the Economist cited congestion on the Malahat Highway. A quick peek at the map will tell you that this is actually on Vancouver Island and not a major concern for Vancouver drivers.
So long story short, we’re really still Number One – it was just a stupid mistake by the Economist. Right?