Residents of a wealthy village near New York have been ordered not to hang their laundry outside their homes as it makes them look ´low class.´ The board of Great Neck on Long Island has passed a law which makes it a criminal offense to use a clothesline in front of your home. The punishment if they are caught is a fine of up to $1,000 (£620) or, in severe cases, 15 days in jail. The law was brought in after the village´s building department superintendent Norman Nemec received a complaint about a front garden.
Comments: You would think all those libs who are so concerned about the environment would be pleased they aren´t using energy to dry their clothes. s/o They obviously haven´t slept in fresh sheets that have been hung outside on the line. There´s nothing like it! What great memories. I also remember my Mother was extremely unhappy when birds flew over those sheets after they ate Mulberries off the nearby tree.
You´re right, OP, nothing smells like sheets and pillow cases that have been dried in the sun and the wind. I wonder if Barbra Streisand knows about Great Neck? She has decreed that the hoi polloi should eschew clothes dryers to save energy.
OK, I agree with everybody. Line hung clothes, sheets, towels, whatever are wonderful. But in the front yard? No, no, no. Tho as early as the 80s I heard of HOAs that wouldn´t allow lines at all. Besides, today no one knows how to hang clothes out, by size, by type, hiding the underwear from prying eyes.
there are many HOA´s that don´t allow clotheslines in the back yard - thankfully, ours is not one of them. But in the front??? Oh my - right next to the sprung couch on the lawn and the old fridge on the porch and the car on blocks in the driveway. I would not be happy, even in a far less than ´´wealthy´´ suburb...
Don´t hang the stuff in the front yard, but it´s OK to hang it out in long lines of windows and doorways in the mall or on the bodies of wearers as they cruise the mall openly searching for reactions to their skin, thongs, boob-boosters, and see-through jeans and shirts. Clotheslines are of no consequences in comparison.
I side with the town. Why? Well, this part of Brooklyn has gone 90% Chinese.Attached 20 ft wide row houses mostly, usually 3 fam each 60+ houses per block. front yard usually the size of 6 garbage pails. And many of them use that front yard for clothes drying. No clothes line. They just hang or lay the clothes everywhere. they´re also garbage pickers. They go through everyone´s trash 24/7.
How many of these folks who agree that clothes shouldn´t be hanging out front are also the same people who were supporting those people keeping the monsterous treehouse in the front yard last week?? Just curious....
I agree that laundry should not be hung in the front yard (Sorry condo folks). I see no problem with hanging them in back yards though. I do prefer freedom over all however. I wish people would just use common sense. I hate HOAs and will never buy into one if I can help it. My mother used to hang some laundry (items that she felt didn´t belong in the dryer, like sheets), but she hung them inside our garage (we didn´t use our garage for cars).
I never had any problem with that. Of course we used the barbed wire fence as the line. Worked great, too, except when the wind got up, the flapping clothes spooked the cows. Talk about a great clean smell, especially after we cut some hay. Wow!!
But...but line-drying your clothes is green and eco-friendly! Wealthy lefties have been urging us common folk to do without heat and electric washers and dryers for some time now. Why wouldn´t they want to do their bit to save the environment as well?
This is nothing new in many developments across the country - and not just "wealthy" ones. (We really are into class warfare, aren´t we?)
Our suburban house had permanent clotheslines at the far back of the yard where they could not be seen from the street. And personal items were never hung on the front lines. That is where the sheets went. All very tidy.
Other homes had temporary clothes drying apparatuses that went up for laundry day and then were taken down. All out of sight behind the houses.
The sight of laundry (especially some people´s laundry) is not especially attractive. It sounds as though these people have spoken. Isn´t that what we do here?
The line won´t sag if you use a clothesline pole. Ours were made of 8-10 ft saplings and were strong enough to practice pole vaulting when not holding up laundry. Is pole vaulting still legal? I haven´t checked lately.
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