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

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Monkey Puzzle Tree

This house was torn down on April 8, 2017. It was vacant for a minimum of three years prior to that. No one cared for the house or garden. The recent hot dry summers were literally deadly for the large monkey puzzle tree. In April 2014, the tree was clearly alive.






By September 2014, there was obvious damage.


Here is a close-up from October 2014:

A close-up from February 2015:


July 2015:


 February 2016:


In March 2017 the tree on the left was being protected, but there was no need to protect the monkey puzzle tree.


The house, built in 1950, was typical of the houses in that area near St. George's Senior School. Most have been demolished, or at least extensively remodeled. This one was sold in January 2014 and resold in April 2015.

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