The Economist takes a wrong turn on the highway

Are trucks to blame for our No 3 spot?

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?

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2 thoughts on “The Economist takes a wrong turn on the highway

  1. There’s been some speculation also about how the Stanley Cup riot in June will affect our rating next year, but the best thing about living here is the positive approach to our problems – we know we are getting conjested, so there are plans for new transit, better bridges and totally new road layouts. We’ve been here 2 1/2 years now, and still think it’s the best place in the world to live!

  2. Glad to hear you think it is the best place to live. Congestion here is pretty minor compared to many places in the world and as you say things are being done to address that. In a country so large it is only to be expected that cars will be the main way of getting around.

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