Fight for your right to dry!


Where do you stand regarding "right-to-dry"?

The New York Times reports on a growing debate over clotheslines, which might seem mundane unless you're a tattooed RV-dweller named Jill Saylor of Canton, Ohio, protesting local anti-clothesline regulations. Apparently, some communities fear that hanging clothes outside makes a location more difficult to rent or sell. Hanging laundry, they say, is associated with poverty, even in places like sunny California that can support the practice year-round. The Times quotes a Richmond, Virginia real estate agent unable to sell a restored Victorian home thanks to a view onto the neighbor's drying delicates.

Do clotheslines destroy property values? What should you do if you want to exert your "right to dry" inside your apartment?

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