- The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival holds its own against the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
- Rochester's rose garden in Maplewood Park (designed by none other than Frederick Law Olmsted) is comparable to Vancouver's rose garden in Stanley Park.
- Vancouver has a vibrant public market. So does Rochester.
- Vancouver boasts a scenic pedestrian/biking trail in Stanley Park. While the Erie Canalway Trail and the Genesee Riverway Trail may not quite compare, they are surprisingly serious competitors.
- Vancouver has a Polar Bear Swim, not to be outdone by the Rochester Polar Plunge.
- Tim Hortons
- Canadians (Vancouver has a few more, but Rochester holds its own.)
- While Vancouver's urban density is hard to match, Rochester is no slouch.
- Vancouver prides itself on limiting urban highways. Rochester prides itself on embracing and then eliminating urban highways.
- Vancouver enjoys its beer, as does Rochester.
- Vancouver has an extremely vibrant port, as does...okay, maybe not.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Vancouver, by all accounts, is one of the world's finest cities. Despite a mild traffic problem, the Canadian city is often recognized for its livability and quality of life. Dense urbanity is surrounded by remarkable natural assets, giving the region a total package that is hard to match. Add in a healthy dose of diversity, numerous transportation options, a vibrant restaurant scene, and a serious art culture, and Vancouver is pretty much on fire. One might expect that comparing dumpy Rochester to Vancouver is an exercise in futility, but here are just a handful of ways in which our little city proves yet again that it can kind of hang with the elite: