Monday, November 23, 2009

Fight for your Right ! To hang your laundry on the line

Carin Froehlich pegs her laundry to three clotheslines strung between trees outside her 18th-century farmhouse, knowing that her actions annoy local officials who have asked her to stop.

Although there are no formal laws in this southeast Pennsylvania town against drying laundry outside, a town official called Froehlich to ask her to stop drying clothes in the sun. And she received two anonymous notes from neighbors saying they did not want to see her underwear flapping about. (?)

Kevin Firth, who owns a two-bedroom condominium in a Dublin, Pennsylvania housing association, said he was fined $100 by the association for putting up a clothesline in a common area.

There opponents? Besides the strangely uptight people?

Housing associations such as condominiums and townhouse communities that are home to an estimated 60 million Americans, or about 20 percent of the population. About half of those organizations have 'no hanging' rules, Lee said, and enforce them with fines.


  1. In Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa you have to choose from a pre-determined and acceptable list of colours to paint/side your home.

    I don't think they let you have clotheslines there either.

    Crazy eh?

  2. This reinforces my conviction that majority of white people are hopelessly studpid sheep.

  3. Happily we don't have such rules here. Well we do in Apartment buildings - you're not allowed to hang your washing on the balconies. But otherwise not.

    And then there's Shanghai! There, the washing defines the shape and texture of the buildings. I love it. If some pack of wankers there started a movement to ban outside drying, the city would be the poorer for it.

  4. I grew up with clotheslines, lots of them, big families make lots of laundry, and until we built a porch I used mine regularly, and I will again.

    Cripes how many kids can recall getting "clotheslined" in their backyards??

    Ok kids who are now middle age, but running through the yard like a maniac, and all of sudden, clothesline, down you go.
    It hurt but it seemed to be a regular occurence in the neighbourhood.

    But, then at that time, kids running around like maniacs also seemed to be normal, not anymore.