“The cab driver said he thought people in Vancouver were unfriendly, because of the cost of living, which made people work too much and borrow too much, and as a result they were stressed out all the time.”

“I was in a taxi the other day and the cab driver was saying how he has lived in Vancouver for decades and the people here are much less friendly than Toronto etc.
I have not lived in Vancouver that long so I can’t say myself, but I did mention how one would expect the nicer weather to result in a more laid back, friendly attitude vs Toronto.
What he said then was very interesting to me: He said it was because of the cost of living, which made people work all the time and borrow too much, and as a result were stressed out all the time.”

– from ‘TI’, by e-mail to VREAA, 3 Aug 2012

11 responses to ““The cab driver said he thought people in Vancouver were unfriendly, because of the cost of living, which made people work too much and borrow too much, and as a result they were stressed out all the time.”

  1. Oh shut up.

  2. The UglyCanadian…. is wearing out his welcome… at BellinghamCostCo!…

    [CBC] – Facebook page calls for American-only hours at U.S. Costco:
    Fed up with long lines, rude Canadians at Bellingham, Wash. store

    …”Some Bellingham, Wa., residents started a Facebook page calling for American-only hours at the local Costco. On the Facebook page “Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans,” residents write that they have seen flats of milk stripped away in seconds.
    Some write that they have to wait in long lines at the Costco gas station as Canadians fill up first their cars, and then their gas cans. Others have posted photos of cars with British Columbia licence plates that take up more than one parking space. Some just complain about Canadians being rude.”…

    http://tinyurl.com/9p8ojvl

  3. Exile on Main Street

    I’ve lived here all my life, and while I’m not sure Vancouver would ever have won prizes for friendliness, it seems much worse in the last 10 years. I was very interested in this article, published a while back, which places Vancouver as the most expensive city in North America, surpassing NYC, based on over 400 items such as food, clothing, rents, transportation etc. http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Vancouver+North+America+most+expensive+city/6150752/story.html We certainly find in our family that even with a good salary, it is very hard to get ahead here, and have to put in as many hours at work as we can.

    I’m very curious how this highly localized inflation happens, and why the price of everything else has gone up along with our real estate. I have no idea what the mechanism is, but I wonder if vendors looks at what people will pay for things like real estate, and jack up prices accordingly. And does this mean if there is a RE crash, the price of everything else will go down as well?

    • Well, high residential RE prices pull up commercial RE prices, too. Think: If there’s a discrepancy between residential and commercial RE prices and you are a developer, would you rather build residential or commercial RE? True there’s zoning restriction, but the governments seem to be quite tolerant about rezoning. So, fewer commercial spaces get built –> higher prices for the existing ones.

      I learned the other day that the rent for a food court store in metrotown now costs $20k a MONTH. Again, less new mall developments –> folks crowd into existing ones –> existing malls become more valuable. Who’s paying the $20k rent? The customers, of course! The customers always pay in the end.

    • I would argue our localized price inflation can largely be attributed to a combination of inflows of foreign capital (in cash) and money from our local ~$8B grey-market pot industry (also in cash). In my experience, rich immigrants and pot growers are not necessarily the most inclusive/friendly people I can think of, and the local money supply is artificially inflated by cash of dubious origins resulting in an inflationary “hot-spot.”

  4. There is a typical pattern in new McMansion developments in Ottawa. Neighbours move into their new houses and become fast friends, elated with their new homes. Just as quickly, these friendships dissolve into bickering and enmity when negotiations over shared fencing break down, or when arguments over street parking flare up. I hear these stories from work colleagues regularly. The fence arguments seem particularly nasty. I assume the financial stress heavily mortgaged new home buyers are under has something to do with it.

  5. bears can party like cows … http://tinyurl.com/ckh295g

  6. I recall that Vancouver was recently voted the most “unfriendliest” city in Canada….so much for the 60 days of good weather and walks on the seawall to clear the head.

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