Urban agriculture is nothing new, and neither is the trend of keeping chickens in residential back yards. However, until recently back yard chickens were illegal in my former home town of Athens, Georgia. However, thanks to the efforts of many Athens residents, including my former colleague at UGA Law, Russell Gabriel, the times they are a’changing.Continue Reading Developments in Backyard Chickens
I serve on the board of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, an environmental and land use residency program based in Pittsburgh and Akron. I am delighted to share this recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, profiling Fair Shake and celebrating the accomplishments of our amazing Executive Director and Managing Attorney Emily Collins. Continue Reading Environmental Law Firm Incubator Gets Great Press
Recently the Denver Post ran an article on how citizen activists are campaigning to put controversial land use decisions on the ballot. While I realize ballot initiatives about zoning matters aren’t new, I found the article fascinating at a few levels.Continue Reading Ballot Box Zoning, Prairie Dog Refugees, and Colorado’s People Explosion.
We’ve been fans of Rural Studio ever since my husband was an architecture student at Auburn University in the late 1980s. (While RS officially started in 1993, founder Sam Mockbee presented the idea at a symposium in 1989.) This fantastic program takes architecture students into the poorest counties in rural Alabama to design and build affordable housing and other community projects.Continue Reading Rural Studio Selling Plans for the $20,000 House
When I signed on as a contributor to UrbDeZine I promised Bill Adams that I would post at least once a month. I think I’m slightly off schedule. My excuse is that I’m in the middle of a move from Pennsylvania to Colorado and things have been a little bit stressful.
But while I was in Colorado recently searching for a rental house I had a dilemma that seems relevant to this blog’s subject matter – a serious housing crisis in Northern Colorado.Continue Reading Colorado Has a Housing Crisis
I’m very flattered to be asked by Bill Adams to be UrbDeZine’s representative from the flyover states! I am a longtime land use lawyer, former managing attorney of the Land Use Clinic at the University of Georgia Law School. I recently posted a bit of shameless self-promotion on the Land Use Prof Blog about my new law practice opening soon in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is how Bill found me.Continue Reading Introducing – Me