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.
Demolished Vancouver homes
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.