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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One Less 50's Bungalow

According to neighbours, this house was already in poor condition in 1988 when it was sold, and it should have been torn down then. But the owner rented it out to students until recently. Photos from March 2013 and July 21, 2014:



Since I heard noises, I took a slight detour on my way to Stongs on Saturday, July 26, and came across this sight at the rear of the building.



 At the front, there was increasing transparency.
 

On my return from Stongs, this was the view at the rear.


On Sunday most of it was down, but you could see a bit of the living room fireplace. The rest came down on Monday.


The first house on this 4000 block of 29th was torn down in 1986. Now fewer and fewer of these early 1950's homes are left. They were built for young families with moderate incomes. Now those young families (often with help from parents) are populating East Vancouver, and we miss having them in the Dunbar area.

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