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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

One Less Vancouver Special

On the corner of West 31st Avenue and Wallace next to the park, there used to be a lovely home on a large lot. In the mid 70's, it was torn down and replaced by three Vancouver specials. Now these replacement houses are falling, one by one. This is the second one. On the left in these two photos, you can see a tiny view of the first (now gone) Vancouver special and its replacement. There is a blog about that one here. This second one was sold in November 2012 and has looked neglected ever since. Since the third one in the row also looks somewhat neglected, I'm prepared to see it disappear, although it has not been on the market. And the next house, an original one, has been sold I'm wondering if eventually there will be four new houses in a row.

Demolished May 21, 2015. What I find mystifying is that the BC Assessments for these remaining two Vancouver Special buildings (not the land) have each increased by approximately $15,000 in the 2014 assessment, despite their neglected states.

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