Re: Clothes Lines
From: sherylcatmom (
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 07:16:18 -0700 (PDT)
Sharon, I appreciate this perspective.  When I see clothes (even
others' underwear) hanging on a line, I smile because I think of the
environment being a smidge better due to an electric dryer not being

But then I've never lived in a neighborhood where clotheslines were
part of the constellation of activities that said "poverty."  That
had never even occurred to me.


--- In cohousing-L [at], Sharon Villines <sharon@...>
> Because we were a largely "white" group moving into a
largely "black"
> community that did not understand the value of clothes dried
> as a new nature thing but as a poor thing. They had escaped the
> neighborhoods where everyone's laundry was hung out all over the
> because they had no choice. They were working hard already to
> that view of themselves; they didn't need our views on the subject.
> Yes, we could have started an education program, etc. but you have
> choose your battles. That one was one that no one really wanted to
> on.
> Sharon
> -----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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