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.
View Teardowns in the Dunbar area of Vancouver, BC in a larger map

Demolitions West of the Dunbar Community Centre

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On My Block

A large house has been built on my block.  It replaced a house that was torn down prior to the beginning of this blog, but I received a photo of the original house from a Dunbar resident who shared my concern about demolitions. According to the neighbours, the house was in good condition and had undergone remodeling. In preparation for the demolition, the lawn was not mowed in 2010; by June it looked like this:
 
At our 2010 Canada Day block party, Sonny, the miniature horse living a few blocks away, came to visit and enjoyed grazing on the meadow. 
In 2011, a large house was completed, and someone may have lived there, at least intermittently. The new house dwarfs its older neighbours, casting more shade than the original 1950's one-story houses. This adversely affects a next-door neighbour's long-standing vegetable garden. Currently the 6 1/2 bathroom house is for sale for nearly five million dollars, by far the most pricey house on this block, where veggies grow on some of the boulevards and front yards. Will anyone ever live in this house and come to the next Canada Day block party?

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