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

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cottage with Front-Yard Veggie Garden--Gone


Scouting around in the fall of 2008 for front-yard vegetable gardens to feature on my other blog, I spotted this raised bed on the south side of an older "cottage" type house.

In
May 2009 the gardener planted good-sized tomato plants at the back of the plot, under wire "cages". This is probably the last veggie garden to ever exist on this spot of land.

By February 2010, along with the removal of some small trees, the fertile soil in the raised bed had been carted off, hopefully to a lucky garden somewhere else.


A modern structure began emerging--this photo is from September 2010.


The following are from January 9, 2011.



"Modern" has replaced "cottage", but will the front-yard veggie garden be replaced? Vegetables are unlikely to thrive in the north-facing back yard due to too much shade. Although taller, the laneway house takes up about the same footprint as a two-car garage would.

1 comment:

  1. Thoughtful requiem for a garden. The new structure lacks taste and style, very amateurishly conceived. It looks uncomfortable in this neighborhood and has no sense of belonging. I can't imagine an architect putting ones name on the plan nor showing it to future clients as "the kind of work I can do".

    (end of rant)

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