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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yet Another 50's Bungalow Has Disappeared

After nearly 39 years of looking out our front windows across the street and seeing the same house, this is pretty traumatic. Of course, we knew it was coming. Very few of these 50's bungalows get bought by anyone who isn't set on tearing it down and building something much larger with a second storey. It is also heartrending because we were very fond of the neighbours who lived there for many years; in fact, they were key people in the neighbourhood, helping to organize the July 1 block party and involved at the Dunbar Community Centre. One small example of their supportive presence in the neighbourhood is that they held keys to a number of nearby houses because they looked after them while the occupants were away. Their house and garden were very well cared for. I'm doing a more detailed chronology than I usually do because of the house's proximity to mine.

 October 2013: sold

Later in October: foggy fall scene

November 2013: pink sunset

February 2014: with view of mountains

June 2014: the lawn has dried up due to no watering and some boxwood, other plants, and the trellis have disappeared

August 24, 2014: the lawn is even drier, all the boxwood has gone, and orange protective fencing has been installed

August 28, 2014: during the previous several days, the drywall was removed, and the workers left the windows open

August 28, 2014: mid afternoon, the excavator arrived

 A huge truck arrived to take the debris to the landfill.
August 28, 2014: at the end of the day

On August 29, the well-built garage was demolished. The demolition company separated all the concrete and sent it off in large trucks.

The one good thing about this demolition is that I was not home to have to witness it because I was planting a herb garden some 20 blocks away. Thanks to my husband who took photos of this demolition at 4085 West 31st Avenue.

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