THE lift at 1009 Expo Blvd in Vancouver goes directly from the 12th floor to the 15th. The omission of the 13th caters to Western superstitions. The absent 14th acknowledges an Eastern anxiety. The numeral four sounds in Mandarin and Cantonese like the word for death. Fourteen sounds like “certain death”; 24 is “easy death”. 1009 Expo is missing the fourth, 24th and 34th floors as well.  Continue reading