Very cityish, it is a big place. More beggers per sq. mile than any place I have very visited. I always thought Canada was a fairly socialist place, and it surprised me. I was going to have a hot dog for supper, but the beggars near the cart were so strident I was scared off. Now I feel bad I didn't buy them a hot dog. So I kept walking and admired the separated bike/walk infrastructure along the seawall. It was really busy with cyclists, and great to see a place that appreciates that cyclists and pedestrians are different, and need a different pace. I finally found a hot dog vendor, but I wasn't hungry enough for their product. I was grateful to find a maccas down the road.
So how does Vancouver rate? I couldn't live there. I spent a fair time walking and on public transport and I was threatened, re-routed (a pipe bomb scare) and weirded out by junkies and violent drunks. I like public transport too much to give it up.