I'm currently working on a map to track the most recent battles in urban chickens and the status of requested ordinance revisions. I just started on this map and am using data from a few automated blog searches I have set up Google Blog Search. You can check out the current map below.
So this isn't exactly current, but it's exciting that urban chickens are garnering so much media attention. NPR featured a segment on urban chickens on its All Things Considered program. You can listen to the show here (it's only about 4.5 minutes long).
The Durham city council voted unanimously to allow beekeeping within city limits, but delayed a vote to allow backyard chickens until February awaiting revision of proposed ordinance changes. See the full story on here.
LoHud.com featured a pretty good write-up on urban chickens a while back (November 19). It is definetely worth a read and has links to some really good online resources and a handful of books. It's interesting to see that this is an issue around the country and hopefully Asheville City Council will take the opportunity to take a leadership role in urban agriculture and set an example for other communities.
It's becoming almost a daily occurrence to see urban or backyard chickens in the mainstream media. Check out this article from USA Today.
Also of interest is this blog on tips and experiences from a backyard chicken farmer out of Wynne, Arkansas or a similar blog that shows that chickens can fit in among the most urban settings (Brooklyn, NY).