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, July 9, 2012

Digging, not Demolishing

It's not about demolishing perfectly livable houses this time.  Thanks to the Dunbar Village Business Association in partnership with KJM Country Gardens and keen volunteers, Dunbar Street has new plantings around the the enlarged areas surrounding the trees from 27th to 29th Avenues.  I participated on July 8.  The first task was to pick up the cigarette butts, ugh...

Here are two "after" photos.  The plants appear quite small now, and they will need a lot of watering during these hotter weeks.  Another vulnerability is the tree roots near the surface.  I was surprised to see two hapless teenagers tramp right through, shortly after the planting was completed.  But numerous people passing by were pleased with the enhancement to our shopping area.

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