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“Not thrilled with the idea of seeing their neighbors’ underwear”

October 11, 2009 8:55 am by

Remember back in June when the idea of hanging clothes out to dry was revealed as gauche? This weekend the New York Times has taken up the discussion:

Jeanne Bridgforth, a real estate agent in Richmond, Va., said that while she had no personal opinion on clotheslines, most of her clients were not thrilled with the idea of seeing their neighbors’ underwear blowing in the breeze.

She recalled how she was unable to sell a beautifully restored Victorian home in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond because it looked out onto a neighbor’s laundry hanging from a second-story back porch. In June, the house went into foreclosure.

“Where does it end?” Ms. Bridgforth said of the legislative push to prevent housing associations from forbidding clotheslines.


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