by Zbigniew

” … in her youth Vancouver was a natural beauty, the belle of the continental ball. The cities east of the Rockies were the big, strong men of Canada’s economy, the home of the masculine industries of steelmaking, auto manufacture, grain and oil production. To Vancouver fell the feminine role of the not-so-big, the milder (and more easily moved to tears), the physically exciting. This was the city that made husbands leave homes in Toronto and Montreal to dally with her delights. Now, the bloom of youth gone, Vancouver had the choice of becoming either a blowzy slut or the kind of charmer to whom the passing years add only graciousness.”

Eric Nicol, Vancouver (1970)