… the growing number of people across America fighting for the right to dry their laundry outside against a rising tide of housing associations who oppose the practice despite its energy-saving green appeal.
I like the quote from this recent article which references our website and states:
Urban Homesteaders Are Nice People
Community connections are an important part of this lifestyle: one of the rules of being an urban homesteader is being a good neighbour. — courtesy of Matadorlife ‘Urban Homesteading – Turning your city home into country living
With the urban homesteading trend gaining more and more in popularity there’s conflicts (and sometimes resolutions) that come with such a trend. From keeping poultry or smallstock within city limits to drying clothes using the oldest, most environmentally friendly way – a clothes line.
People often ask us how we are able to do all that we do. Lucky for us Pasadena codes allow poultry and even some small stock (within regulations of course) and as for line drying – we live in a low income, working class neighborhood where line drying is the norm for these folks. So we, in our simple, farming ways, really don’t conflict with that of our neighbors. Well, except for growing food in our front yard. But we did the lawn to food transformation twenty years ago so our yard’s not so strange anymore!
So, readers, are you in a battle with neighbors or city over your urban homesteading ways?
Our retro TV “urban homesteading” counterparts in GOOD NEIGHBORS had their run ins with their prissy neighbor, Margo, over their self sufficient ways.
Care to share your creative or neighborly ways you’ve gone about resolving such issues. Have you had luck changing or working on changing city codes that involve such issues.
Image Note: GOOD NEIGHBORS is a hilarious look at a couple going “back to the land” in the middle of suburban London ( BBC TV The Good Life circa 1975)