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The Clothes line dilemna and Vancouver Condo rules

In a recent article in the Georgia Straight, City Councillor Susan Anton was quoted advocating that new homes be required to be clothes line ready.  Anton pointed out the many reasons why clothes lines are not only cost effective but also very environmentally friendly.  She is quoted as saying: "I think laundry on a line is a beautiful sight," but unfortunately many rental units, and condominium bylaws prohibit the use of clothes lines as they are thought to be "unsightly".  I know some clients who "hang" their clothes to dry inside their condos because they are not allowed to hang dry clothes outside.  Anton is only advocating the required clothesline installation for single and two family dwellings-however if they are mandatory in some households, it would make sense that they not be banned in others...wouldn't it?  Fortunately Anton is aware of this issue and wants this to be examined-hopefully in the near future, hanging clothes outside will no longer be a condo-crime!