I came upon an interesting article in the New York Times titled, “Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans,” ironically, as I was using up energy doing laundry. Apparently, clotheslines for many are unattractive and for that reason they do not want to see them around their neighborhoods.
I find it disheartening that many still focus on the aesthetics of things instead of thinking of the kind of environment that future generations will inherit from our actions today.
I do not use a clothesline because of the lack of space at my place but I have reduced my impact by doing other things in the laundry room like washing full loads in cold water instead of hot and switching to environmentally friendly detergent.
As for those that have the space in their homes for a clothesline, they should be allowed to use them.
The problem with clotheslines, as the article hints at, is that they are seen as something that poor people are forced to do. Poor or not, everyone should be doing everything possible to reduce their impact on this planet.