The eyes of the world are on Vancouver right now with the 2010 Winter Games. Having traveled to “Hollywood North” last Fall I can say it’s a truly great place to visit. Vancouver’s downtown is very much a mature version of the “living downtown” many U.S. cities like DC have made progress towards becoming in the last 10-15 years. Additionally Stanley Park and Granville Island are the best urban park and marketplace (respectively) I’ve visited within a city center.
The NYT Times Travel section “36 hours in…” features have been ongoing for years and last highlighted the District in 2009.