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, August 1, 2013

Destruction on July 30

7:21 am July 31--the gap
What did the house look like?
With dismay I discovered that I did not have a full frontal "before" photo, but here are a few partial views of this home of dear friends and close neighbours.

The last spring garden. The garden was well designed and admired by everyone.
4064, the house to the east was torn down on July 18, 2011.

The beautiful pool and garden of 4070 remains serene while 4064 is being demolished in the background. Neighbours transplanted many of the plants into their own gardens.
The rear of the house, "before".
View of the garage from the back yard. Several neighbours would have loved to have this beautiful garage replace their own decrepit 1930's versions.

A view of the formerly lovely back garden.
A chronology of July 30, 2013:

The excavator arrived shortly after 9:00 am.
10:58 Already the chimney is gone.








In case you didn't notice on the previous photo, the owners liked the colour orange!


4:20 rear of house with drywall pile



 The Garage Came Down Fast on July 31


The Waste
Of course we are aware that demolitions are not green, but some examples bring the situation to the fore, showing the massive contrast with the careful recycling every Vancouver household is supposed to do each week.

The refrigerator

These three interior views without the drywall show the solid wood structure in this house, likely built in the late 1930's or early 1940's with a second storey added around 1980.  Along with being an expert gardener, the owner did excellent carpentry work.

Neighbours took away most of the rocks around the pond and many other stones of various sizes to use in their own gardens, but this walkway was cemented together, so off to the landfill it goes.

Do we need another picture of the pile of drywall that is headed for drywall purgatory?
How many trucks will it take to remove all the debris and dig a deeper and larger footprint for both the house and garage? (Hollyhocks, something cheery from me in contrast to this sad tale!)

The Dangers
The neighbour children had to leave their place of sidewalk art due to poor air quality.

 And The Story Goes On...
4070 does not appear to be the last demolition in the neighbourhood. Later that same day, this took place across the lane.

Why such a long blog? Because this was the home of friends, neighbours who were engaged with people on the block, helping others in various ways for 40 some years. We all miss them!

Credit goes to J. Evan Kreider who took some of these photos.

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