Biting discourse with Vancouver

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from Brendan Cohn
Assistant Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle

The Canucks aren’t the only team from Vancouver to make the trek to Boston. Last week a group of 20 real estate professionals arrived for their annual U.S. property bus tour. In years past they travelled to Chicago, Las Vegas, and Silicon Valley. Their timing for a Boston trip couldn’t have been better with Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston later that night.

My colleague Bryan Sparkes and I educated our guests on the local real estate scene. We started at Liberty Wharf where we were graciously hosted by famaPR President and Founder Keith Watson. Keith was clad in a 2011 Stanley Cup t-shirt as we toured their spectacular new space overlooking the Harbor. With that, the hockey banter began. 

We then boarded the bus to visit properties in Waltham and Cambridge. One rule was made clear from the start: Biting on the bus was strictly prohibited. The Game One incident when Alex Burrows sunk his teeth into Patrice Bergeron’s hand was still fresh in everyone’s mind.

Not unlike the series, there was plenty of back-and-forth throughout the morning. From “How do Class A rents compare in the different submarkets?” to “Was that a clean hit on Nathan Horton?” “What industries are prevalent in Boston and Vancouver” to “What’s going to happen in tonight’s game?”

We had some colorful discourse. Regarding real estate, we discussed local development plans, market drivers, LEED certification, and the impact and parallels between the technology sectors in both cities.

A few of the folks made it to the Garden that night to witness the Bruins take Game Four and even the Series at 2-2.  But the Canucks and their fans got revenge at home two nights later with a 1-0 shutout. The Bruins came back to dominate in last night’s Game Six to even the series at three games each.

It’s now down to a winner-take-all game in Vancouver. Thankfully the tour was held last week and won’t conflict with one of those parades that Boston sports fans have come to know and love.

Go B’s! 

– Brendan

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