YouTube channeler ‘Every Frame a Painting’ showcases how Vancouver, B.C. (nicknamed Hollywood North) is dressed up by filmmakers to play a variety of other cities in movies. Similarities in architecture and streets combined with clever editing and props have helped tax-credit-seeking filmmakers to dress the Canadian city as everything from New York to Santa Barbara and Mumbai to Seattle. With disguising Vancouver and fooling viewers seeming to be so easy, this video raises the question of whether big cities around the world really have individual character or if they share elements of a global style and culture.

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Sarah is an urban planner and artist from Melbourne Australia, currently living in Seattle. She has contributed to diverse long-term projects addressing housing, transportation, community facilities, heritage and public spaces with extensive consultation with communities and other stakeholders. Her articles for The Urbanist focus on her passion for the design of sustainable, inviting and inclusive places, drawing on her research and experiences around the world.