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.
February 21st, 2016 — A wall of construction across the street from Vancouver City Hall and a few blocks away in the 400 block of Kind Edward an entire block of single family homes ready to be demolished and replaced with condos. Click on the picture below for a larger image.
February 15th, 2016 — Today, just after starting on what I like to call my errands, I came across the above, a perfectly good home on West King Edward being demolished so a much larger house can be built for its new owner. Half an hour later while walking from my car to my first appointment I came across another person’s home in an alley west of Columbia Street. Soon it too will be demolished but for entirely different reasons.
Circa 2014 & 2016 — Vancouver boasts of wanting to be the greenest city in Canada and their public relations campaign does a good job convincing people that it’s happening. Google earth, however, shows that trees aren’t an important part of being green with these before and after pictures of the River District development underway on Marine Way just west of Boundary Road.
November 23rd, 2015 — The Book Warehouse on Main Street was crammed with at least 200 people for the launch of “Vancouver Vanishes” by Caroline Adderson, Tracey Ayton, and many others. The book is pictures and stories of the houses in Vancouver which are being demolished at a almost unbelievable rate creating a city unaffordable for all but the very rich. Councillor Adriane Carr as well as representatives from the city planning department attended and answered questions from the audience. I photographed many demolitions over the past decade or so. A few of them are below with the last picture being the pile of debris created from these houses just before being chipped for recycling. The book is $32.95 and well worth picking up if you have an interest in how Vancouver is changing.