Canadians are not listening to "their betters" any more than Americans. US Census data indicates a continuing strong migration of people from the central cities and strong migration to the suburbs, despite heroic efforts on the part of the media and others to mask the reality.
"Being in the city" may be preferable to some in the Vancouver area, however not to the majority of the age group (25 to 44 years) most likely to move is voting for the suburbs, according to arecent Statistics Canada report. According to the report:
"… there continues to be a migration of many young adults and families from central municipalities to surrounding municipalities, while few move in the opposite direction."