Austin’s Rhizome Collective Evicted

Buy our book The Urban Homestead on Amazon and you’ll get a message that you may also enjoy the Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-Ourselves Guide by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew. I own a copy of this wonderful book and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the topics on this blog or in our book. Kellogg and Pettigrew are co-founders of the Rhizome Collective, an innovative intentional community in Austin, Texas. Sadly, it seems the Rhizome Collective has been evicted from their land due to code enforcement issues.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2009, the Rhizome Collective, including both the individuals and organizations that have called 300 Allen St. home, was barred from the building due to the City of Austin Code Enforcement declaring the building unsafe. This is a tragic loss and has been traumatic for the people who have invested so much in the space, from long nights of hard work repairing bikes and mailing off books to days of tending the garden to evenings of laughter in the kitchen.

The Rhizome collective is asking for donations on their website, www.rhizomecollective.org. I would also suggest buying a copy of their book directly from them. We hope that the Rhizome Collective can find a new home as their work is vital in our uncertain times.

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  1. I have to say I absolutely love your blog. Things like the detriments of modern conveniences I think about all the time… while everyone around me thinks I’m crazy :) I am going to pick up your book as well. Thank you!

  2. Rhizome got evicted?! This sucks!! I went to many events at Rhizome when I lived in Austin – they were doing amazing, sustainable-living, community-building things on that property and they even won a grant to clean up a brownfield site a few miles away and turn it into an environmental-educational park. These are not a bunch of dopesmokin slackers trashing the neighborhood. Their property was in a crummy light industrial eastside warehouse park for cripes sake, not a tony west hills residential neighborhood. If you can’t do this kind of serious green living and green outreach in a friggin warehouse park where the hell are you going to do it?

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