Picture Gallery

Westward View of 4600 Block, Southern Lane

The view west up the lane with the two laneway houses under construction. Note that the large Douglas Fir next to the lane behind the second laneway house has been effectively killed by the builder and a stop-work order placed on the construction of the second house until the cost of its removal from the neighbouring property is resolved. The second house is also too close to the lane and must be set back.

Developers Take Over

Framing of first floors of two of the three laneway houses on west end of 4600 block W 11th. LWHs will be two-storey.

Blanca and 11th Avenue - Before

Blanca and 11th Avenue - Before

Blanca and 11th Avenue - After

Blanca and 11th Avenue - After

Crowded Cookie Cutter Houses
No More Privacy

The view from a neighbour's sundeck to the east of the three laneway house properties.

Stop Order

A view of the two laneway houses under construction at the east end of 4600 block West 11th.

Almost Done

The easternmost laneway house is nearing completion and is a 1 1/2 storey unit with a half storey below grade.

No Longer Private

View of Laneway house from a formerly tree-lined private garden.

Damaged Tree

This Douglas Fir was killed by reckless excavation.

Imposing 'Cottage' on MacDonald and 20th

Imposing 'Cottage' on MacDonald and 20th

Small Dark Shared Back Yard

Small Dark Shared Back Yard

Sun Blocked

Sun Blocked

The Un-Greening of Vancouver

The Un-Greening of Vancouver

11 Responses to Picture Gallery

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  2. Franz Gerber says:

    I WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER of your Association.


    These developers are defacing this pristine neighbourhood.

    I have the time, money and passion to help stop this non-sense.

  3. aRcHiTeCt-Student-uofc says:

    I am glad laneway housing is being put up. It cleans up the alleyways into quaint laneways. With the right lighting, and vegetation, you can make these lanes beautiful! Although some problems arise, with blockage of the sun for instance, it does help with the density. As citizen of Calgary, I wish we could employ laneway secondary suites more. The adaptions are taken from Europe, where many cities and towns all have laneways, and it helps extinguish urban sprawl.

    • elf says:

      LANEWAY HOUSES ARE A TERRIBLE IDEA!! STOP THIS CRAP. For those of you who like this idea move to China then you can be crammed together just as you like it.

  4. Mike says:

    Well, it’s about time that you precious Westsiders carry your fair share of the inevitable densification of the region. There is a finite supply of land, much of which needs to be kept in the agricultural land reserve, and an infinite demand for population growth!

    Obviously, not everyone is entitled to a 1/4 acre each when growth needs to be accommodated within such a geographically constrained area. The laneway housing programme is a wonderful compromise, allowing for a rather gentle densification of established single-family neighbourhoods. It allows for aesthetically appropriate in-fill development, which maintains the nature of the neighbourhood, while also permitting homeowners greater opportunity to create rental suites to assist with paying their mortgage.

    As much as we all pine for the simpler Vancouver of our youths, we need to accept that the region is growing exponentially. Unfortunately, that means that each neighbourhood needs to shoulder their share of the growth. We’ve all been doing it in the rest of the region. It’s your turn, Dunbar.

  5. Gordon Hussein Mohammed Campbell Wong Singh Smith says:

    What have you to pout about? Is Russia threatening to take you over? Not one picture of a beautiful finished laneway home! You poor, (wealth), sad, sorry, pathetic NIMBY’s! And, people who complain about the cost of a LWH, well if you can’t afford a house or a LWH maybe you didn’t spend enough time in school or you don’t work hard enough? No one is entitled to “free housing” it is a measure of the ability and desire of those who have achieved to provide in many cases for those who sought the easy way out! Why should a person on welfare have subsidized housing in Vancouver when hard working people have to start off by buying a home in the suburbs? How do you feel about having neighbours of a different ethnicity than your own? What if the person living in the LWH is not white? Get over yourselves people! The world is changing and you are being left behind! You ain’t no Rosa Parks!

  6. Rosa says:

    Many more people want nice trees and yards and privacy fences and day-to-day social relationships mediated by income-segregated housing and neighborhood types than can have them. If you have deciding power in that arena, you are privileged and your buying power and hence “lifestyle” hurts others–they are not neutral. So, expect class resentment of the above type when you press your case in this manner.

    But shame on those making nasty accusations of NIMBY and even racism. What’s at stake is the question of who should have deciding power over ANY neighborhood’s character, and the kind of city government people want. Feeling, and/or in fact being pushed around by monied interests with greater access to, if not ownership of ‘our’ purported democracy and its basic institutions is the SAME issue we face in our more mixed income neighborhoods.

    A lot of the laneway building is the work of real estate speculators, developers, and get-rich types with no stake in the neighborhood and its “community” however one wants to define that. We see this a lot: the mercenary set dresses their work up in the social values, concepts, or buzzwords of the day while paying sole attention to their bottom line. And I gotta say, Architecture Student, your cement-potted bamboo and your cedarwood and rusted sheet metal fencing notwithstanding, it’s architects who do the bulk of the utterly-unconvincing PR work for projects that are obvious crap–materially, socially, politically. We need a cross-class and neighborhood movement to make city government and its institutions serve US as much as, if not more than business.

  7. Cary Macleod says:

    While I completely agree with your stance that the City did not think this through and the laneway house rules regulations and so on should be revised and include submissions by the public. Because the current system is unfair. But you have to be responsible in your opposition.

    The biggest mistake is the first 2. You are showing the construction of new houses being built on 11th Ave. They are not Laneway houses. It is sad that those nice trees were taken down and properties were forced closer together. But don’t give people reason to dismiss your cause by posting pictures that are unrepresentative. They are before and after photos of regular houses. Your issue is laneway houses. The second photo shows the street sign. Laneways don’t have street signs. I went on Google and saw you were showing a home on an actual street.

  8. Web'ster says:

    The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th pictures in this series (from top, left to right), show both front and back of the property at the corner of 11th Ave. and Blanca. An old house was torn down and replaced by three large houses PLUS three laneway houses behind them. SIX houses on a former single lot. These pictures – taken before the laneway houses were completed – represent exactly what we’re complaining about: destruction of a neighborhood’s beauty and integrity by squeezing in too many houses.

  9. Web'ster says:

    Here’s a view of the lot on 11th Avenue and Blanca from the laneway, just a few weeks after the other pictures were taken:

  10. jde87 says:


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