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, May 31, 2012

Two on West 22nd Avenue

The corner of Wallace and West 22nd Avenue looked like this in March 2011:

Here is what it looks like now:

The typical storey-and-a-half stucco house on the corner had an atypical chain link fence (likely being replaced by a stone wall), and this house came down first.  The property had been neglected for some years. Here is a view of it in December 2010, a view of the gap when it was demolished in June 2011, and a view during the construction.

The adjacent house was newer, built in 1964, and appeared to be well maintained, but being vacant in late November lighting, it looked quite forlorn.

A neighbour was present on May 19, 2012 when the house was torn down and made a 6+ minute video which you can view here:

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Tiny House

Would this small and modest house be left standing in the Dunbar area?

It appears to be a valued home in the Mole Hill area of downtown Vancouver.  And, to be transparent, the house looks tiny, but it extends all the way to the lane, with the back part being a garage.  It is not without greenspace, though, as shown by the attractive and good-sized front garden.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Another Vulnerable Corner Lot

Should this house be demolished?


The talk of the neighbourhood around Crown and West 36th Avenue is that it will be demolished.  The realtor's information stated that this house was built in 1941.  A neighbour heard from the family that this unusual house was designed by a woman.  Having the house situated at the back of the lot allows a large southern garden.  The tulips along the picket fence by Crown are always a spring feature.  Let's hope all those neighbours are wrong!