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not from that aerial -- I see waterfront single family homes right next to downtown

the point is that the beach/waterfront, 10 miles of parks, is literally steps from downtown chicago and the neighborhoods to the north.

not so much of this in chicago:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Va...4d-123.1207375

harbor, not beachfront

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Va...4d-123.1207375

chicago: notice how the homes are usually not on the waterfront? that's there's public green space literallly 10 miles in length?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ch...!4d-87.6297982

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ch...!4d-87.6297982
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not from that aerial -- I see waterfront single family homes right next to downtown

the point is that the beach/waterfront, 10 miles of parks, is literally steps from downtown chicago and the neighborhoods to the north.

not so much of this in chicago:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Va...4d-123.1207375

harbor, not beachfront

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Va...4d-123.1207375

chicago: notice how the homes are usually not on the waterfront? that's there's public green space literallly 10 miles in length?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ch...!4d-87.6297982

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ch...!4d-87.6297982
Stanley Park, which is much more than your typical park, is basically adjacent to downtown Vancouver and the downtown peninsula is surrounded by several beaches.
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Vancouver waterfronts generally aren't lined by a big highway. Vancouver wins by 100 miles.
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Well I prefer parks and public space , not houses with tiny waterfront areas sandwiched in here and there
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Well I prefer parks and public space , not houses with tiny waterfront areas sandwiched in here and there
The Vancouver seawall public recreational path is 22km/14 miles and includes about 9km /5.5 miles around Stanley Park space plus trails from Stanley park down to near the Burrard St. bridge (about a mile /1.7km) and another 4km/2.5 miles in various other waterfront parks in and around the city centre. By comparison, the section of contiguous waterfront parkland in Chicago from the Chicago river mouth south to the South Shore beach is also about 22km/14 miles - including the circumference of Northerly Island. Vancouver definitely isn't lacking in waterfront park space so whatever criticisms there might be of its waterfront, that isn't one of them. As a much larger city, Chicago may have more total waterfront park space if you measure everything along the entire city limits, but the Vancouver figures I mentioned are only within a few km of the city centre.

I think the main difference is that Vancouver just as a lot more waterfront than many cities because the city centre is on a peninsula mostly surrounded by the harbour, so it can have a lot of everything. Homes, industrial, parkland, etc.
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Here's a photo of Vancouver, B.C. Canada that I took from a seaplane in 2009.

Vancouver B.C. Canada Skyline by thegreatscaper, on Flickr

Here's a couple of Victoria, B.C. Canada that I took this year.

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Well I prefer parks and public space , not houses with tiny waterfront areas sandwiched in here and there
Are you sure you know anything about Vancouver's public downtown peninsula waterfront?

Vancouver's public waterfront is miles and miles and miles of uninterrupted public waterfront, built along a continuous stone seawall (over a century old in some places) and consists of numerous major public spaces, including parks, beaches, swimming pools, restaurants, museums, tourist attractions, a major public market, a massive downtown cruise ship terminal, marinas and public water taxi docks, etc. Its largest park, Stanley Park, is bigger than New York City's Central park and consists of public beaches, swimming pools, restaurants and pubs, cricket pitches, sports fields, rowing and lawn bowling clubs, golf course, train ride, outdoor concert bowl, major aquarium and marine biology institution, lakes and lagoons, etc.

In addition to not being cleaved off from the downtown core by a freeway, Vancouver's public waterfront benefits by circumnavigating a downtown which sits on a natural peninsula, which means the public waterfront starts in the heart of downtown and, ten miles later, ends right back in the heart of downtown.

Here is some 4k raw footage of someone walking around just a portion of Vancouver's public waterfront on a Sunday morning. The video neither starts at the beginning of Vancouver's public waterfront nor finishes anywhere near its end.

Lastly, since its recorded in the morning, the sea is at low tide in this video. At high tide, in the afternoon and evening, the sea laps right against the stone seawall and its quite the sight:

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Boston has a strong waterfront scene as it has rivers, canals, and a harbor with a bunch of small islands. It has a long interconnected "harbor walk" area, city beaches, river walks, etc. There are a ton of peninsulas for miles to the north and miles to the south, all forming Boston harbor, most with public parks and skyline views at the end.

Downtown Boston from the air approaching Logan by Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue, on Flickr


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Google Earth view showing all the surrounding islands and peninsulas. Continue North for world class beaches at Gloucester and Cape Ann. Continue South for world class beaches on Cape Cod.

Boston Aerial - Google Earth by David Z, on Flickr

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