August 31st, 2017 — An almost new house in the 500 block of West King Edward Avenue is demolished along with two other houses to make way for a condominium.
June 18th, 2017 — An old car garage in the south lane of 26th Avenue at Carnarvon Street soon to be demolished.
June 3rd, 2017 — An old house in the 3500 block of West 27th Avenue was demolished today and will be replaced with a four million dollar plus home.
March 20th, 2017 — Another west side Vancouver house soon to be demolished. This one in the 4800 block of Blenheim Street at 33rd Avenue.
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.
December 16th, 2016 — It was a nice fence to photograph over the years but this afternoon there wasn’t much left and even less of the house and yard it protected over the years. 3548 West 26th Avenue in Vancouver, see picture below and here.
December 3rd, 2016 — I’ve photographed this house often over the past 30 years. There’s something about the vertical fence and the horizontal siding that attracts my eye at certain times of the day. Soon, within weeks, it will be gone, demolished to make way for a new house. Luckily the builder recognized the value of the leaded glass windows and has removed them before the bulldozer arrives. There is a lot of dispair about old houses in Dunbar being torn down and replaced with modern characterless homes but to steal from William S. Burroughs, “You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative”. The city is always being built and rebuilt and always will.
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.