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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Now Gone

This is a traditional house, built in 1930 on a street with mostly 33 foot lots and a few 49.5 foot lots, of which this is one. Since I took this spring-time photo in May 2011, I assume that the house must have been for sale at that time. However, it sold, probably again, in April 2014 and was torn down late January 2015. A neighbour reported that "quite a bit of time is taken during demolition to separate insulation and other materials into different piles" in contrast to earlier demolitions when everything got dumped into the same bin.

This second photo was taken in March 2014. I really like how this north-facing fa├žade of the house and its windows and roofline were preserved. I do not remember another house exactly like this one. With this demolition, we lose a bit of our 1930's heritage in the Dunbar neighbourhood yet again.

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