27 Sep 2008
I was in Venice recently and I was struck by the beauty of laundry on clotheslines These scenes are normal for Italy but much less common in other developed parts of the world. Why?
One reason is that many parts of North America and Europe have laws that forbid the use of lines to dry clothes. Many consider the sight of drying laundry an eyesore. This means people use electric dryers rather than let nature take its course. Dryers are certainly more convenient but a recent New York Times article likened them to a sport utility vehicle in terms of eco-friendliness. In my own neighborhood, it is now more common to see clothelines in the yards of people trying to reduce their carbon footprint.
I don't mind my neighbors line drying clothes where I can see it...as long as they don't mind my pictures!