Vancouver Washington, A Tale of Two Vancouvers

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Washington, near the Oregon border and lying on the outskirts of Portland, is tired of playing second fiddle to the big cities especially ours which bears the same name. As such, the Washington city is considering changing its name so they can stand out on their own.

“The Vancouver Columbian in Washington reports that a vote Tuesday could mean a majority on the city council in favour of sending the proposal to voters. Supporters of the name change say it would avoid the long-running confusion with Vancouver, B.C. But detractors say it’s not a first priority for council and that residents should get over the fact that the city shares a name with another.” [The Province]

Photo credit: rscottjones on Flickr

“Residents of Vancouver, Washington go to the polls tomorrow [today] and the outcome of the election could change the city — or at least its name — forever. A slate of candidates is poised to form a majority on council and one platforms calls for a new name for the city in the extreme southwestern corner of the state. Supporters want to switch to Fort Vancouver — arguing it’s the only way to avoid confusion with Vancouver, B.C. Opponents of the plan — including the current mayor — say there are no other Vancouvers in the United States.” [CTV]

Photo credit: rscottjones on Flickr

I know there are several “Springfields” across America but I supposed the confusion lies within both Vancouvers being in the Pacific Northwest and the one in Washington simply wanted to stand out on its own. Residents will be voting on the issue today and so far “Fort Vancouver” is the suggested name as the Fort is a National Historic Site.

I’m curious to see what others think about this effort to be individual.

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  1. Ian BellTuesday, November 3rd, 2009 — 12:46pm PST

    I’m all for it. This will make things easier for us when we launch our invasion.

  2. looboTuesday, November 3rd, 2009 — 1:09pm PST

    Go Ian! Yes, they should change their name, as the cities are too close together, with too much disparity in size. Too confusing for all.

  3. RaulTuesday, November 3rd, 2009 — 1:11pm PST

    Would you believe that there are several Mexico’s within the US? I think there’s one in Idaho! 🙂

  4. JohnTuesday, November 3rd, 2009 — 3:22pm PST

    I’m pretty sure this whole name change thing was completely brought on by FourSquare coming to our Vancouver first 🙂

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  6. VancityAllieFriday, November 6th, 2009 — 3:39pm PST

    That would be awesome, because selfishly it is really annoying searching on Google for various Vancouver things (restaurants, shops etc) only to find they are in Washington. 😛

  7. BrynWednesday, November 25th, 2009 — 7:21pm PST

    Anyone know what the outcome of the vote was?

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