January 11th, 2018 — There seems to be a big disconnect between what BC Assessment thinks a structure on a Salt Spring Island property is worth and what the owners think it’s worth. This house, not the land it sits on, was assessed at $295,000 in 2017 which is a lot of money for a very old run down 1200 square foot house. A few weeks ago the new owners began stripping it to the studs so they can rebuild onto the original building. Assuming the siding will soon go and the roof will be replaced, what remains are the studs, rafters, and joists. I didn’t count them but I will guess there are about 300 and that number divided into the assessed value make them worth close to $3000 each.
December 4th, 1973 — South end of the Alex Fraser Bridge while under construction.
Circa November 1978 — Eight of the original homes in the 1000 block of Pacific Street were being raised above their foundations so they could be restored, renovated, and rented out. While up on the blocks one of the houses collapsed.
Circa 2002 — The north shore of False Creek showing construction at Beach Crescent and Richards Street.
June 14th, 2016 — Construction fencing plus a lot of signs at 14th Street and Bellevue Avenue in West Vancouver.
September 28th, 2017 — A high rise on the waterfront of West Vancouver with spectacular views from each apartment. At least there will be when the repairs, which seem to have been going on for at least a year, are finished.
September 24th, 2017 — A very large mound of sand at the View Star development site in the 3300 block of #3 Road in Richmond. The sand preloads the soil, forcing air and water out, making it more stable for the construction of multi story buildings. The process can take up to a year.
May 31st, 2017 — Vancouver House under construction on Howe Street at Beach Avenue. The lower level units of this condominium will sell in the $300,000 range probably because they will be eye level with the noisy traffic crossing the Granville Street Bridge. The higher and quieter floors command higher prices including the penthouse which is reportedly going for $20,000,000.
August 2nd, 1973 — Another picture that shows just how much things have changed since I first started photographing for newspapers. Not only was I allowed to walk out into the center lane of Lions Gate Bridge to take the picture but the workers were out on the road chipping away at the old concrete just inches away from passing trucks, buses, and cars with no barricades to protect them.
October 25th, 2002 — Construction of condominiums begins on the north shore of False Creek just east of the Granville Street Bridge and below, what it looks like today.