Debate over hanging laundry...

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Registered: 02-17-2005
Debate over hanging laundry...
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Wed, 11-18-2009 - 8:37pm

Just saw this on Yahoo news...you'd think people would have better things to worry about other than their neighbors laundry!

U.S. residents fight for the right to hang laundry

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091118/us_nm/us_usa_laundry




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Registered: 06-30-2003
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 9:00pm

Well, I like hanging my laundry but do not care to expose it to my neighbors' view.

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Registered: 01-24-2007
Thu, 11-19-2009 - 7:57am

I dont hang any laundry as i prefer the dryer, but I think its fairly "normal" to hang ones laundry, and dont see why it would be offensive, except for maybe the undergarments I guess.

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Registered: 04-18-2009
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 9:28am
Over here in Australia, it a very popular thing to do. Only time Australian use a dryer is when it rainning or its Winter. I love hanging out my washing. Australian's don't care if other people can see our washing.

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 9:58am

I can see how a person wouldn't want to see another's "unmentionables" flapping in the breeze,

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Registered: 08-05-2007
Sun, 11-22-2009 - 12:26am

I've seen movies where there are laundry lines with laundry hanging in between buildings and it looks kind of quaint.

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Registered: 09-29-2003
Sun, 11-22-2009 - 5:16am

Wow...that is so sad and funny.


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Registered: 03-07-2005
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 12:12pm
Isn't it funny how the country is so high and mighty on this going green and now this comes up? I agree w/ whoever posted that if it's against your condo's rules or whatnot but for a community to ban it? That's stupid and the Fed. gov't should step in on the issue or shut up about the environment.
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Tue, 11-24-2009 - 7:26pm

I had a neighbor who would hang the clothes on a line in the front yard strung between tree branches. She would only get it off the line when they needed it to wear. It didn't fit in with the neighborhood, being in front like that, and not taken down until she came out in underwear to get it. On the other hand, she also had a yard sale and left the remains for months. The landlord has told her to move because she kept the place so trashy - the laundry was told to go into the back yard, and the "yard sale" was the last straw.

Living next door, I did have a clothes line in the back yard. So did the neighbor on the other side - we would chat while hanging up clothes. I don't have one now that I have moved, but I do plan to put one up in the spring. No sense in wasting electricity. The place we bought has no covenant - which is why we bought it. All in all, the banning of clothes lines in back yards seems stupid to me - that is how people have done laundry from the start of time - why are we as a nation so against this tradition?

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Registered: 07-13-2008
Fri, 11-27-2009 - 1:27pm

im from the U.S. so when i went to live abroad i found it annoying to hang laundry at first but now i prefer it. it doesnt shrink clothes and i have come to appreciate how much electricity is saved by using the fresh air and sun to dry my laundry.

as for seeing other peoples underpants, here people hang private articles in between all the other clothes so you dont really see anything unless you are looking really hard. also, since EVERYONE in Athens hangs their clothes, after a while you dont notice anymore.

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Registered: 06-30-2003
Fri, 11-27-2009 - 5:53pm

My family spent some time living in Hong Kong when I was growing up; they build special outdoor, enclosed but ventilated areas (like a balcony with no floor)

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