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

Friday, April 8, 2011

Two Demolitions on 39th Avenue

Over a year ago, in early February 2010, R. Ripley a Dunbar resident, became aware that this house at the corner of West 39th Avenue and Camosun would likely be demolished and took this photo.
When I began gathering photos for this blog in the fall of 2010, I stumbled across the same house, looking uncared for, and took a photo.

On December 5, I knew for sure what would happen...

By January 21, the hole was dug and concrete had been poured. Note how large the house will be compared to its neighbour.

On March 27 the house's structure was evident. There was also a new 3-car garage under construction. With this large lot, there is enough green space left for a couple of the large trees.
Across the street next to the corner, this house looked desolate on October 3, 2010. Looking up the address on Google, I found "permits ready to go."

It was still standing in early February, but the red fencing had been put up.
The last time I checked, the house was down, and a new one under construction. Both lots are wide but not wide enough for two houses. The original houses were built in 1946 and 1945 respectively. The second one was pretty ordinary on the exterior, but in my opinion the corner house was special with that large south-facing windowed extension on the front. Unfortunately a few more houses on the same block have surveyor's stakes.

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