Blogging the WSJ: The Right to Dry

Blogging the WSJ: The Right to Dry

Janel Laban
Oct 9, 2007

Back when we were holding tryouts for editors for the Green Home site, Stephanie took this photo and wrote a (fantastic!) post about a cool green throwback -clotheslines. 37 comments later, the dust settled. While the positive comments definitely outweighed the negative, we could see that it was a practice that got some people bent out of shape.

And now, what the WSJ calls "the burgeoning right to dry movement" has a poster child, Susan Taylor.

posted originally from: AT:Chicago

Ms. Taylor has been using a clothesline to dry her laundry. It is "one way to fight climate change, using the sun and wind instead of electricity. "Days like this, I can do multiple loads, and within two hours, it's done," said Ms. Taylor. "It smells good, and it feels different than when it comes out of the dryer."

Makes perfect sense, but her neighbors are not happy.

"This bombards the senses," interior designer Joan Grundeman says of her neighbor's clothesline. "It can't possibly increase property values and make people think this is a nice neighborhood."

And it seems that Ms. Grundeman's thoughts are widespread.

" postwar Americans embraced labor-saving appliances, clotheslines came to be associated with people who couldn't afford a dryer. Now they are a rarity, purged from the suburban landscape by legally enforceable development restrictions."

It's just those restrictions that have come into play for Ms. Taylor - her housing development's managers have threatened legal action.

For the full story from the Wall Street Journal, click here.

For more info on air drying laundry: Project Laundry List

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