Kerrisdale preservationists lament a tide of bulldozers

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Kerrisdale preservationists lament a tide of bulldozers

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Kerrisdale preservationists lament a tide of bulldozers

Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 08 2013, 11:05 AM EST
Last updated Friday, Mar. 08 2013, 3:42 PM EST

There is a quiet war being waged against Vancouver’s fine old houses, which are coming down at such an alarming rate that Kerrisdale looks like it’s under siege.

On a recent rainy day, award-winning novelist and short-story writer Caroline Adderson, who lives in an Arts and Crafts house with her family, took me on a walking tour of Kerrisdale.

Ms. Adderson is a small woman who bristles with anger as she talks about the neighbourhood that is transforming around her, and at her own powerlessness to do anything about it.

As we walked for more than an hour, it was difficult to find a street that didn’t have a freshly bulldozed house, or a house being prepared for demolition. The first telltale sign, she explained, is the appearance of the white surveyor stakes. After that, the orange fencing goes up. Then the house comes down and is sent off to the landfill.

“It’s constant,” says Ms. Adderson. “Any street you turn down, you see the orange fencing. Why is nobody talking about this?

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