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

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Dusty Departure

Even though the plastic shingles on this house obscure its original character, one can still see that it was one of the early houses built close to Dunbar, perhaps in the early 1920's, on a 50 foot wide lot. Very well cared for, it was recently sold. I don't usually create a blog until there is some semblance of what the new construction is like, but there are issues around the demolition, brought to my attention by a long-term Dunbar resident, Terry Slack.

Here is Terry's February 8 email to the Dunbar Residents' Association's list:

A wonderful old home next to my Mom's house, that for many years had extensive renovations, new landscaping and a brand new two car garage all on 28th Ave close to Dunbar! Yes today all was leveled and placed in two house demolition dumpsters today! The new exterior Plastic Cladding with insulation under each piece "non salvable ? ? ? " for it had no plastic Recycling number stamped on the pieces so these massive amounts of plastic and good wood were smashed and sent to landfill to pollute our children's future! The Fiber Glass Insulation from the walls etc. was new, out to land fill it all went in a big hurry! The dust coated my mother's yard, porches and sidewalks, including what is left of the Mom's "Chaver Chomped Lawns"! She is 91 next week and cried today, for really no body cares that she is a senior and that she has been in her house for over 60 years, nobody offered to clean up the demolition mess that has affected her, for they do not have to. She is looking at her collection of Garden seeds and wondering if growing a food garden, and "she has done that for all the years she has been on 28th Ave" and gave the surplus garden food to neighbours. Today she is wondering, is really worth it this year to have a garden ? Terry

Aside from cropping, I did not do any processing to these last three photos, taken the morning of February 9. As you can see, the uncontrolled dust even obscured the orange Hitachi at the back lane.

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