Here’s a shot of downtown Vancouver as seen from my 15th floor suite of the exquisite Shangri-La Hotel. Vancouver’s downtown has grown tremendously over the past couple of decades, earning the nickname “City of Glass,” a moniker that stuck after the publication of Douglas Coupland’s book of the same name, an ode to the city in which the famous “Generation X” author lives. More than a quarter of Vancouver’s residents live in high-rise towers in the downtown area. It’s a stunning skyline reminiscent of an infant Hong Kong. I love this city, not just the architecture but they way Vancouver has embraced its multicultural identity.
Brad A. Johnson is a writer and photographer specializing in food and travel. His work has been honored by the James Beard Awards, the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, the pdn Food Photography Awards and others. Based in Southern California, Brad currently serves as restaurant critic for the Orange County Register.