Sometimes it just isn't that easy to get a small flock of chickens or a few goats - or even grow a big veggie garden. Although the laws in some cities are flexible and allow livestock, in some places folks can't even have a clothesline, never mind a chicken coop.
One theme that seems to echo through the news is how important it is to obey the laws that exist so you don't ruin it for everyone else. If your city's laws specify no more than five laying hens, don't have more than five laying hens. If they forbid roosters, rehome Kenny the accidental rooster to some acreage in the next county. But one method of making urban homesteading happen wasn't focused on: activism.
It can be rewarding and bring awareness to the issue - and even, sometimes, change - when people who want to have an urban homestead advocate for themselves and lobby for changes to the laws. So don't forget about plain old activism!