Alberni and Burrard Streets in Vancouver are a showcase of capitalism, presenting its shiny face to the world. When walking there, you cannot miss multiple high-end stores like Tiffany, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and many more. Inside these establishments, just one swipe of your credit card might easily spend your full monthly mortgage payment or rent in a matter of seconds.
This showcase presents an attractive image of capitalism—its success story. This image sometimes confuses people in less affluent countries of the world. Many don’t know that there is another, much darker, side to capitalism; a by-product of democracy, individualism, and bearing full responsibility for yourself—homelessness and poverty. This problem might not affect the majority, but it is visible if you are observant enough. In Vancouver, it exists just a few blocks from the glittering showcase stores.
Some popular Hollywood movies, like Home Alone or Christmas Vacation, can give the impression that most people in developed countries own big houses and drive expensive cars. In reality, Hollywood is just a dream factory, even for most Americans.