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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Two on West 28th Avenue

In February 2011 there was a frenzy of selling on the 4000 block of West 28th Avenue--5 houses were sold.  The first two were demolished in early July.  These steps now lead nowhere:

This is what the house looked like last August:

The other house was on the south side, but its north-facing garden was pleasantly landscaped, looking nice even in February.

In August the surveyor's stakes went in.  Will this tree be saved?

Link to see my blog of March 2011 about this block of West 28th Avenue.

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.