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

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Occupy Dunbar

This little 1925 gem had not been changed very much on the exterior, except perhaps the dormer on one side, so it remained small, as you can see from the front and rear views. It appeared to be a well-loved house, with interesting landscaping in the front. According to a neighbour, the family needed more room, so they are building a new and modest home for themselves on this 33x130 feet lot, not a large mansion. It was torn down on January 10, 2015.

Note the original windows and the trim above the doorway. The windows have great character, but unfortunately they are not very energy efficient when there's no nearly-free sawdust to burn in a sawdust furnace as what may have been the situation in 1925.

 This area has had a number of demolitions and is becoming a "Swiss cheese neighbourhood", so it is good news to hear that this house will be occupied! Let's hope that is truly the case.

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