Month: September 2014

Interview with Josef Bray-Ali – Bike Lane Controversy

We recently sat down with Josef Bray Ali, Owner of the Flying Pigeon Bike shop and bike lane activist to learn more about the controversy over a proposed bike lane on Figueroa Street in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).  We learned in the interview how a plan for an extensive bike lane that had been green lighted by the the City got derailed.  But that is not all.  We were exposed to a philosophy on urban growth that could very well become the nucleus for how commuting and living arrangements are conceived and drawn up going forward. Featured Photo of bike...

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Interview With Christina Avaness – Food Alchemist

This week’s interview falls under the CFPUP categories of personal wellness and resilience. We were very fortunate to spend a morning earlier this summer with Christina Avaness, an author, teacher, shaman, reikii master and self styled “food alchemist.” Christina shared with us nutritional insights from her latest book Living Beyond Organic.” In this 45 minute interview Christina takes us beyond the prevailing diet advice and leaves us with a road map that can better help us achieve the right balance of foods that will ensure personal...

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Interview With Urban Homestead

In its continuing search to find citizens who are doing things to improve themselves, their families, communities, cities, states and country, the folks at CFPUP conducted a lengthy interview with Jules Dervaes, the patriarch of the Urban Homestead in Pasadena, California. Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Urban Homestead project is a family operated and highly productive city farm. It is also a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and eco living in urban areas.  ...

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