17 Oct '11, 10am

Ask Umbra: Is banning clotheslines legal?

Ask Umbra: Is banning clotheslines legal?

Is it legal for the neighborhood ass. to forbid a clothesline in the area of residence which it controls? Bill H. Titusville, Fla. Photo: Peppysis A. Dearest Bill, I was going to spell out your abbreviation for association, but I decided to let your (perhaps intentional) shorthand stand. Because yes, it is legal in many places to ban clotheslines , and ass.es across the country do just that. Why? They don't want to look at your underwear. That's the long and short of it, although cited reasons include safety, property values, and public nuisance concerns. Of course there is a tangle of class and cultural prejudice at play as well. So for the 60 million or so Americans whose lives are governed by homeowners associations (HOAs), clotheslines are likely to be truly unmentionable. The advocacy group Project Laundry List is building a list of known bans , and our friends at the...

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