Is the sight of a child engaging in summertime sidewalk chalk something out of Norman Rockwell painting or is it a noxious illegal activity that must be stopped?
Click the link above to view the tape and story from CBS4 in Denver or click “Sidewalk Chalk Art Against The Rules InStapleton”
A Denver neighborhood HOA is trying to put a stop to sidewalk chalk art. In the eyes of some, what Emerson is doing, drawing on the sidewalk with colored chalk, is a criminal act.
All this over a 3-year-old, who moved with her mother to Stapleton because her mother thought it was a family-friendly neighborhood.
“We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space,” her mother said.
But the HOA — called a Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, a sub-association of the Stapleton MCA (Master Community Association) — said because it is a shared space, anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment isn’t allowed. It seems that some neighbors have complained.
How will this all turn out?
I have to ask, and ask you to ponder the same question, have we really reached the point where we forgot about what it means to live in a community?