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.
August 10th, 2015 — A house at King Edward and Carnarvon Street in Vancouver was demolished today in a matter of hours to make way for a new, bigger, and more expensive home that will take advantage of the view over downtown Vancouver and the mountains beyond. The debris from the house will by next week be HERE.
October 15th, 2015 — At the foot of Ontario Street on West Kent Avenue South there is a pile of debris probably 30 feet high waiting to be fed into a nearby chipper. The debris appears to have come from the many homes demolished in Vancouver every day. Despite the chipper’s efforts the pile never seems to get lower, only higher, much higher, every month. The picture below is from August 1st, 2015.