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, May 26, 2013

Three in Three Days

It has been a busy couple of days for the excavators near where I live. On May 22, this garage and house came down.  I was chagrined to find out that I did not have a photo of the front of the house; it is just 1 block away and I walked by it so often. The house was built in 1948 on this narrow corner lot bordering Crown Street. If you wish to see the front of this cute and well-cared for house, there is an image from August 2011 on Google Streetview, 3996 West 31st Avenue.

Three blocks north on Crown Street sat this house that had undergone a raising and a renovation. It was on a 50 foot lot and was torn down the next day, May 23.  This wintery photo is from February 29, 2012, and the following photo shows the house's last springtime.  4492 Crown Street.

About one block away, at 4078 West 28th Avenue sat this house, one of the typical 1950's bungalows that are fast disappearing.  This was torn down May 24 or 25. I did a blog in March 2011 about this block of West 28th, where 5 houses got sold in quick succession. This is the third one of those to be torn down.

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