“Frankly, the east vs. west debate is tired. you seem to instigate/need it though, strange.” - comment from a Thirties Grind reader
Is it true…is the east vs. west debate tired? I think so…which was actually the point I was trying to make in my last Absurd Vancouver Property of the Week post.
I grew up on the West side. I remember when we were warned not to go “East of Cambie” as it was “rough” there. I don’t really know whether or not that was true or if it was something parents said just to keep us from venturing too far away from home. I have friends who grew up on the Eastside and say it was fantastic. I also know others who say it really was tough.
Things I do still notice, however, are how much tidier streets look West of Main street. Take the power lines, for example. When I drive east along King Edward, for example, I notice how the power lines go from being underground and in the laneways of streets (Westside) to above ground and across the front of streets (Eastside). The lines criss-crossing across the roads is definitely not as esthetically pleasing as when they are hidden.
Another example is how quickly things get tidied up. In the winter, my parents street (Westside) gets cleared of leaves and snow almost daily. My street (Eastside) might get cleared once a week. Perhaps a result of a difference in the amount of property tax paid…I’m not sure.
On the other hand, my parents’ Westside neighboourhood has a lot of panhandlers hanging about outside the main strip of shops. In my neighbourhood,however, I’ve rarely seen anyone panhandling. My parent’s home has been broken into several times…mine (touch wood) – never.
Look, I really don’t think that there is a whole lot of difference between what’s east of Main Street and what’s west of it. Neighbourhoods are about the people that inhabit them. They are about community and livability not power lines and street sweeping.
The problem is that most people judge based on appearance (particularly buyers paying millions of dollars for homes)…and, frankly, many Westside neighbourhoods appear to look more manicured and “millionaire-esque”.
So, right or not, maybe that’s why the great east vs. west debate still exists.
With risk of “instigating” (little upstart that I am) What are your thoughts?