Thursday, June 16, 2011

The End of Vancouver's Exceptionalism

Police try to restore order after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday in Vancouver. Geoff Howe/AP
After the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, their fans lost their shit and went crazy:
Angry, drunken fans ran wild Wednesday night after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles.
Later, looters smashed windows and ran inside department stores.
"We have a small number of hooligans on the streets of Vancouver causing problems," Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said. "It's absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of Vancouver. ..We have had an extraordinary run in the playoff, great celebration. What's happened tonight is despicable." 
This has given way to the indignation and the outrage of people who have somehow come to believe that Vancouver is an exceptional city. It's not. It's a city in North America full of crime, drugs, idiots and violence. Vancouver, you're no different than Baltimore, Los Angeles, or Des Moines. You've got issues. And pretending that you don't so that it doesn't hurt tourism isn't going to solve them for you.
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