The other day, someone found this weblog by asking Google "why is the Golden Gate Bridge a wonder of the world and Lions Gate isn't?" It's a valid question, one that I was wondering a bit myself while I was in Vancouver. They're both very similar in design and they are close contemporaries, but while the Golden Gate Bridge is rather well-known worldwide, the Lions Gate Bridge is obscure outside of the Lower Mainland. I hadn't even heard of it myself until I started doing preparatory research. I'm not really sure why things settled out that way - the easiest answer I can come up with is that "it's not American," since a lot of the Golden Gate's recognizability has come from its many appearances in film and television. Sure, Vancouver's become a major entertainment production area, but how much is actually set there? Less stuff than is set in Toronto. Aside from Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, how many international landmarks do you see in American productions?
So here's a photo of the Lions Gate Bridge. It's a lot easier to just look at it than actually walk across it.
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