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Vanishing Vancouver

Dark and probably empty

December 5th, 2017 — A few days ago in the Vancouver Sun, Gil Kelly, Vancouver’s general manager of planning, was quoted as saying the following; “In fact, we’ve actually been creating a large supply of housing … it’s just that supply has been targeted at the high-end and for investors, and leaving out many of the folks that live here in Vancouver and want to work and raise families”. Possibly that’s why so many of the apartments in these condominiums in the area of Richards Street and Beach Crescent have no lights on and seem to be empty at half past eight on a Tuesday night.

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.

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