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

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Good and Bad Design

Much is made of the design of the large new houses now being constructed, but the houses they replaced exhibited some good qualities, or not.

3845 West 37th Avenue.  Great wide porch with old stone!  Torn down 2012.

4006 West 38th Avenue, on the corner with Crown Street.  Torn down in 2012. Below, note the boring windowless wall facing Crown.  Built in 1948 without much budget, imagination, or awareness of our dark winters, or perhaps existing windows were covered up.  A bit of morning sun coming into the house would have been welcome.

3691 West 38th Avenue.  A traditional well-kept Dunbar cutie with a great spring garden growing there in April 2011. Torn down in 2012.

Built close to Dunbar Street at 3587 West 38th Avenue, this cottage could be a 20's home that underwent some modifications.  The photo was taken just prior to its demolition during the summer or fall 2012.  Prior to its demise, I noticed this little "stone cottage" in the front lawn near the sidewalk.  I wonder what happened to this nicely-painted pink-roofed home.

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