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, April 18, 2013

At Last--An Appropriate Demolition!

When I began this blog, I made a mental note to myself to cease adding to the blog when this particular house was demolished because it was one of the very few that definitely deserved to be torn down.  It was vacant for a long time before being put up for sale in January 2011.  It was a tiny cottage with no basement, built in 1937, probably on a low budget and resembled several others on the 4000 blocks of West 32nd Avenue and 31st Avenue, most of which have been torn down or extensively remodeled.  There still is a remarkable example on West 31st Avenue of a similar small cottage, which has been impeccably maintained and landscaped.  All such cottages may not have been created equal, however.  In any case, both the front of this cottage and the back show how far gone and rundown this one had became, certainly not worth saving.
 In June 2011, the garden got rather wild!
The house continued to sit vacant until sometime in 2012 when it was torn down.  Here is a photo of the new construction:



As I stated in the first paragraph, I intended to close down this blog after this entry.  However, because I cannot walk by and overlook the issue of continuing demolitions in my neighbourhood, I am planning to profile more of these sad and unnecessary happenings as time permits.  This is not the LAST one!

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