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, June 27, 2015

The Chickens Had to Move

As I've mentioned in previous blogs, the houses on the side streets nearest Dunbar Street are generally the oldest ones in the area. This 1928 cottage is a typical example. But not only did the occupants (likely renters) of the attractive basement suite and the main floor have to leave, but the backyard chickens lost their home and pecking grounds. The house sold quickly in August or September 2015.

During my walks, I never saw more than two chickens.
 This hen is pondering her future.
In August it appeared from the state of the back yard, that the residents were clearing out and preparing to move.
In November 2015 there was a municipal election. The one NPA sign and one Cedar sign did not have much of a chance with all those Green signs.
Here is another "bird" who had to find a new home. This one lived in the front yard. Clearly, creative people lived in the house, and I wonder where they moved. East Van?

The chicken house got dismantled, and the back yard eventually did get cleared out, but are those old paint cans in the garage? Vancouver Vanishes was concerned about toxics.
This house was demolished sometime between May 21 and June 21, 2015. Possibly a lane house will be built on this lot bordering two lanes. What is lost? Green space, local fresh eggs, an original Dunbar house, and likely an inexpensive place to live for two interesting families.

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