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.
April 14th, 2016 -- It always amazes me that the city complains about the lack of tree cover in Vancouver -- blaming it on uncaring homeowners -- and here we have city crews taking out five trees on Burrard street at 5th Avenue for who knows what reason; another bike lane? If I need a pile of permits to remove a long dead apple tree from my back yard then it's only fair the city should need its citizens approval to chop down trees in public spaces.