Are Clotheslines Lowbrow?

Sunday, June 28, 2009
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I come from a place where middle-class people used clotheslines. Now, clotheslines, or solar dryers, are causing a ruckus just about everywhere. Condos, communities, and subdivisions are banning them.

The clothesline issue is being wrung out nationwide in legislatures, community associations and online. A group called Right2Dry is urging the Obama family to hang their clothes on the White House lawn to promote line drying.

During the last Virginia General Assembly session, Sen. Linda T. Puller, D-Fairfax, introduced a bill that would have prohibited Northern Virginia community associations from restricting the use of “wind energy drying devices” — i.e., clotheslines.

…But homeowners using clotheslines face threatening letters and potential fines from their community associations. Clotheslines also can create tension between neighbors.

People in the ‘burbs just don’t like unsightly Fruit-of-the-Looms hanging in the neighbor’s yard. Yet these are people whose garages are comparable to Fibber McGee’s closet. They also have teenagers with portable, ugly basketball boards or they have ugly, above-ground swimming pools that are more unsightly (and noisy) than anything a family clothesline could offer up. Clotheslines don’t dribble a ball all day long and they don’t have a noisy filter running all day. The article proceeds to look at the pros and cons of clotheslining, as if it’s a cost-benefit decision for others to analyze. So what if they are ugly, and who cares if using a clothesline doesn’t really save much energy? Maybe people just like to hang their clothes to dry in their yard.

An activist group called Right2Dry has called upon the Obama family to help their cause by hanging their clothes out on a clothesline on the White House lawn. I doubt the Messiah and the Mrs. will be hanging their pricey designer clothing out to dry anytime soon. If so, they’d need a Secret Service detail to intercept offending birds and their unwelcome deposits. Thanks to Charles Everett for the link.

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One Response to Are Clotheslines Lowbrow?

  1. Nick says:

    August 1st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Having stuff like this restricted by a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) really bothers me. If the neighbors are a little freaked out by a clothesline (a permanent addition to the yard) perhaps they could be gently conditioned to the idea by seeing a nice clothes drying rack being used on the patio or deck during the warm months?

    Then after awhile of getting used to the concept they would be OK with the clothesline and neighborhood peace would be maintained…

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