Miscellaneous Photographs

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Ship collision

September 25th, 1973 — People on Prospect Point watch the freighter Erawan being towed into Vancouver harbour after it was rammed by the freighter Sun Diamond on a clear night off Spanish Banks at three in the morning. The heavy oil that leaked from the ship’s ruptured fuel tank covered the West Vancouver shoreline from Ambleside Beach to Point Atkinson.

Such a waste

April 30th, 2017 — This house at 362 West King Edward Avenue is about to be demolished along with five other houses in the block and replaced with a condominium. It’s a perfectly good house built in the last 15 years and assessed, if neighbouring houses are any indication, for over $4 million dollars. Below is what the house looked like in Google Street View in 2016.
A few houses to the east is 312 West King Edward Avenue. Below is what it looked like as of 2016 …
… and this is what it looks like today.

The entire block, courtesy of Google, looked like this in 2016.

Trees cut

April 14th, 2017 — Two large trees on city property next to a construction site at 34th Avenue and Carnarvon Street in Vancouver’s westside were cut down just before the Easter weekend. There’s no outside indication the trees were dead or diseased. According to city hall, however, the trees had become unstable and dangerous because of extreme root damage which occured during construction of the house in the background. The fine to the builder could be tens of thousands of dollars per tree but in a new five million dollar home that’s peanuts.

The Arbutus Greenway?

March 22nd, 2017 — Above is what much of the Arbutus Corridor looked like in 2010 when still owned by the CPR but coveted by the city of Vancouver and its residents. Last year the city after much negotiation bought the corridor and renamed it the Arbutus Greenway. Below is what it is being turned into; another paved road between two other paved roads.
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Vancouver vanishes some more

Debris from demolished houses July 12th, 2016 — The last time I drove by this pile of debris made up from houses demolished in Vancouver was just over a month ago and it wasn’t much higher than the truck in the foreground. It was the first time in a year the pile had shrunk from it’s normal size. Today when I drove by the pile was back with a vengeance, at least a third higher than I’d ever seen it before, so at least two thirds of it must be from houses torn down in the last month. The pile is located on a private recycling site on West Kent Avenue South in Vancouver.

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