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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Collapse on Collingwood

I was not present at this demolition which took place on Saturday, March 5, but Jan Hers, a Dunbar resident, was there with his camera and kindly agreed to have his photos featured here. This house is probably from the 1920's, and as you will see, was a tough and strong house.

The excavator began working at the back of the house.
Despite much of the back of the house being torn down, the front of the house and the porch remain intact.

A view from the rear--note that the front part of the house still stands despite much of the house being down.
But the excavator won out. Returning to the lot on the corner of Collingwood and West 20th on March 10, this is what I saw:

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