Photo of Vision Vancouver supporters at Sheraton Wall Street by Parisa Azadi
Almost anyone who made it by the NPA and Vision Vancouver's parties on election night would have been struck by the different demographic in the two rooms. At the NPA party, it was mainly middle-aged people. Those who were young were dressed in formal or smart business attire that was more typical of people twice their age.
Meanwhile, at the Wall Centre, dreadlocks, T-shirts, jeans and hoodies mingled with suits and neckties. Party organizers claimed a thousand people came to the party and every second person looked like they were under 35. There was a vibrant energy at the headquarters that came from the strong presence of young people, that traditionally apolitical and disengaged demographic that purportedly never shows up to vote.