New York Times – Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans
So the New York times decided to run an article on the issue of banning clotheslines in the U.S and the various attempts to lift the ban, state by state with Right to Dry bills. The article features Mary Lou Sayer from Concord, NH who had been banned from line drying her clothes in her retirement community. We interviewed Mary for the film. She was a very level headed woman when it came to the problem she was facing. She would hang her laundry outside, since she didn’t have much room to spare inside, but when her community threatened her with a fine if she continued to do so she reluctantly returned to indoors line drying. In the film she says ‘I try to be agreeable’ when asked about whether she caused a fuss after being asked to remove her clothesline. I think this is the problem a lot of homeowners face when pressure is put on them to pull down their lines. It’s just easier to use a dryer than have your neighbours hate you. Of course Mary continues to line dry, she just does it in her living room now, hanging her sheets from her fixtures and her clothes from a clothes horse.