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, February 7, 2011

Highbury and West 23rd

The Dunbar Residents' Association's website has a photo gallery of ORIGINAL DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE. The above picture, taken by Tom Grant in 2004, is of a house located on the corner of 23rd and Highbury. It sits in the middle of a wide lot, 82x122 feet. Vancouver City Archive records indicate that water service was applied for in 1921. But the house may be older than that because it is a different style than other old ones on the block.

I noticed the house a few years ago because it has an archway of grape vines over the front sidewalk leading to the house, and also because of the many flowering plants in the extensive garden, both inside and outside the fence.
The for sale sign in July, the red marks on the sidewalk, and the derelict look of the place portend some trouble for this garden spot.

In late September, there was a woman prowling around the east side of the garden, perhaps rescuing plants, but I respected her privacy and did not take a photo of her.

A few fall crocuses planted years ago have naturalized, now flowering for the last time.

In December and January, a new house was constructed.

But, there's more. Two houses will reside on this double lot, plus two 3-car garages. Very little green space (or even permeable space) remains.

View of the rear of the houses on February 7, with the foundations for the garages:

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