The housing stock in the Dunbar area of Vancouver has undergone significant change in the past five years. Originally a working class neighbourhood with many quite modest homes surrounded by lovely gardens, it is now a neighbourhood that 99% of the people working in Vancouver cannot afford because the replacement homes are built to the maximum footprint and cost millions. Greenspace has been reduced. Included on this website are photos of many (not all) of the disappeared houses.
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Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Monday, December 5, 2016

Disappeared Stongs has Reappeared!

Around noon on December 4, 2016, the new Stongs unofficially opened. Word soon got around, and by late afternoon, the store was crowded. Dunbar Street became more lively, after a too-quiet summer and fall without this major anchor store.

Do you remember the old Stongs? 

According to The Story of Dunbar (edited by Peggy Schofield, Ronsdale Press, 2007), Stongs moved from a downtown location to Dunbar in 1955. Dunbar residents are pleased to welcome Stongs back!

Friday, December 2, 2016

West of Dunbar Street

This modest house was built in 1940, with some nice touches of that era. Note the framing of the large front window and the corner entrance. The front door had the typical knocker/peek hole. I still have ours somewhere in the basement. The hanging lamp is probably also original. The house was sold in May 2014 and again in January 2016.

When I walked by on the evening of November 7, 2016, the house had disappeared. Yet another little classic home gone. Is bigger better for our neighbourhood? Vancouver Vanishes also featured this home.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Changing Dunbar

At my Changing Aging exercise class at the Dunbar Community Centre this morning, I looked out the window and saw the shovel of an excavator hovering over the trees to the east. Another demolition? A classmate said that there was a second demolition a block south. So...I took the long way home to check out these demos. Both houses must have been demolished on Monday or Tuesday, November 21 or 22. This typical 1945 house was on the corner of 33rd Avenue and Dunbar Street:

The rear of the house appears to have had two add-ons plus the deck.

The second house was at 3587 West 32nd, just east from the corner where the house at 3593 West 32nd was demolished in January 2016, and the empty lot is still there. The lot at 3587 is only 59 feet wide, but surprisingly for its size, it is two legal lots. This unique house was already a replacement house, since it was built in 1975. It was sold in February 2016.

In April, the garden flourished along with a lot of rogue plants.

I am pondering Changing Aging and Changing Dunbar.