Clotheslines in a Good City?

December 7, 2007 at 2:25 am 4 comments

So on the heels of the Grassroots Green event, I was reading through the Green Living Guide (which everybody should buy!) and noticed a small article promoting the drying of clothes on a clothesline instead of an electric (or gas) drier. I didn’t even realize, though I shouldn’t have been shocked, that many HOA’s, landlords, etc. have banned clothesline-drying on primarily aesthetic and property value grounds. But apparently, the resulting controversy is big enough as to make national news.

So the question is: should a good city – and her residents – encourage the unsightly but environmentally-friendly practice of clothesline-drying? Or promote a more “beautiful” city by mandating the more sightly, but less environmentally-friendly use of electric dryers?

– Scott Greider


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  • 1. Scott Spaulding  |  December 7, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Boston’s North End

  • 2. TexanNewYorker  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    In my particular section of Queens, the clotheslines stretch behind the houses, and can’t really be seen from the front streets. Perhaps there’s a happy medium that would allow for clotheslines without compromising “aesthetics”?

  • 3. Jon Swerens  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Put me down as not wanting to criminalize frugality.

    Clotheslines behind house should be no problem — unless you live in a neighborhood with no front porches and plenty of backyard decks. Then neighbors will not want their view sullied, I imagine.

  • 4. Eric White  |  December 8, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Interestingly…the clothes lines in back yards are typically on private property. The clothes lines across streets and alleys are in the public right-of-way.


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