Once upon a time, these two small houses sat side by side on West 30th Avenue, just behind the Dunbar Theatre.
The one on the left was demolished first. It had been in the family for 40 years; the family moved its business on Dunbar Street (Dunbar Upholstery) to Marpole; the family moved to Richmond. Only developers came to offer bids.
On a walk to Dunbar Street on March 30, I could hear it and smell it before I saw it--the second house was being demolished, in full view of the flowering cherry tree.
A neighbour couple walked by and said, "They should make a park." That will not happen, but what is likely to happen is another demolition on the same block, according to a second neighbour couple watching the demolition. Already in December 2011 there was a previous demolition a few houses away from the two recent teardowns. Here's the before and after: