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2.0 out of 5 stars homesteading for apartment dwellers, June 5, 2009
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This review is from: The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series) (Paperback)
The Urban Homestead was a bit simplistic for my tastes. Living in Seattle ,(where the majority of residents do not live in apartments) I was a little blindsided by how this book focuses strongly on apartment dwellers. However, aside from that standpoint, I feel the book was a bit simple in it's approach. Perhaps the authors tried to tackle too many topics, but I felt a bit shortchanged on many of the topics. At first, I felt as if the authors were only focusing on what they knew - but then I read the portion of the book about beekeeping. The author actually keeps bees in New York City. I bet that could be a book in itself! However, instead, there was about 3 pages dedicated to the topic.

Good effort. Might be good for apartment dwellers. However, there are many books on this topic which do a better job.
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Initial post: Jul 2, 2009 9:55:52 AM PDT
Dreamdog says:
What other books would you recommend?

Posted on Jul 12, 2009 9:44:33 PM PDT
Honestly, I wonder if we've read different books...most of what's in here can be put to use no matter where one lives. In fact, the actual limitations are on apartment dwellers, who can't do things like set up drip emitters and may not be allowed to keep ANY kind of animal in their home and have no yard space whatsoever. But their alternatives for those of us who couldn't do these things (self-watering containers, foraging, et cetera) could be done by anyone, not just the apartment folks.

Also, the person who keeps bees in New York City was only one of several contributors...were you honestly upset that they didn't devote more of their book to something written by someone else? They are not the John Howe biographers, and this isn't The Brooklyn Bee Book.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 4:31:01 PM PDT
Kelly says:
I don't think you really read this book - it did have some things for apartment dwellers, but the vast majority of the book was geared towards people with some yard to work with. In addition, most of the chapters could apply equally to apartment dwellers or someone with 5 acres. I don't think this review is fair or accurate.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 1:47:33 PM PDT
court says:
I live in Seattle, too, and I and tons of others I know do live in apartments, or at least temporary residences they wouldn't be allowed to plow and whatnot.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 12:55:03 PM PDT
Medium Cute says:
I think it's an odd critique that a book geared towards urban dwellers would spend pages concentrating on apartment living.
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