Your Neighbourhood Bank

You can tell a neighbourhood by it’s bank. This isn’t new to me, but three weeks of intensive house hunting solidified the pecking order:

  • CIBC = ghetto
  • Scotiabank = ultra ghetto
  • RBC = entrepreneur’s and students
  • HSBC = wealthy
  • Vancity = trendy
  • Prospera = wanna-be trendy

And I’m sure there’s more…

As my friend pointed out, however, this trend does not apply to convenience stores. Somehow a 7-Eleven or Mac’s seems to ratchet itself into almost any neighbourhood corner.

And for the record… my new neighbourhood has a CIBC – my bank for the last 15 years. Comments from the crowd?


  1. Posted June 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    You left out the payday-loan shops – the ones where people sit behind bullet-proof glass and lend out money at 60% interest… I think those share the ultra-ghetto category with CIBC.

  2. Posted June 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    So what you are saying is that you are ghetto?

  3. Posted June 5, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Well if CIBC makes me ghetto, I found a fact that seals the deal: CIBC is just around the corner, and across the street is a Scotiabank.

  4. Dean
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Trev, I have a CIBC account too, which means that I am ghetto too. I’m a ghetto research fellow at Oxford…straight up, yo.

    Dood, you still have told me where you are living…I am guessing, hmm, actually there was a CIBC/Soctia bank in the VGH area!? plus, it’s close to kelly…am i close?