Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sidewalk Chalk Art Against The Rules In Stapleton « CBS Denver - SDU asks: Reality check. Does a young child’s sidewalk chalk drawings really offend, disturb or interfere with the peaceful enjoyment by neighbors? Could this happen to your neighborhood?

Sidewalk Chalk Art Against The Rules In Stapleton « CBS Denver

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?


  1. AnonymousJune 12, 2012


  2. AnonymousJune 13, 2012

    So much for living in America. Poor child.

  3. AnonymousJune 17, 2012

    "anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment" I think I have heard that somewhere in Palmetto Bay. Hmm. I see your point.

  4. AnonymousJune 20, 2012

    Banning sidewalk art by children will be the next restriction coming to Palmetto Bay.

  5. AnonymousJune 21, 2012

    With too much money and time, people are given over to anxieties and cowardly externalize blame to the weakest/safest subject. Time to seek counseling on how to be happy. A better way to improve the world would be to be a volunteer somewhere, you self-made snots.

  6. AnonymousJune 21, 2012

    Saw this today http://thestapletonandknophometeamblog.com/post/3348239/chalk-another-one-up-to-miscommunication-the-stapleton-chalk-scandal
    and I am appalled that this bully attorney (Mr. Cohen http://www.indeed.com/r/Douglas-Cohen/518a88ca97057a50) doesn't want to teach his child boundaries. She can draw on thier sidewalk but the shared areas are not hers to take over. I wonder if he used his position in the DA's office to blast the innacurate stories all over the news. The sad part is the neighbors are probably afraid to complain now and will likely just move. I would not want to live by him. His daughter would probably draw all over my sidewalk too. My kids know that it has to be on our driveway and they have to clean it up when they are done.