Denver Neighborhood Wants to Ban ‘Distracting’ & ‘Offensive’ Sidewalk Chalk

While 90 percent of Americans associate sidewalk chalk with harmless childhood fun, one Denver neighborhood homeowners association (HOA) wants to ban the “offensive” and “distracting” art, CBS Denver reports.

“It’s definitely better than video games,” said Sarah Cohen, mother of 3-year old Emerson Cohen. “It’s a simple pleasure for her.”

By drawing on the sidewalk with colored chalk, little 3-year old Emerson is practically engaging in a criminal act, according to the report.


“My initial reaction was, ‘You have to be kidding me,’” said Cohen.

Cohen said her family moved to Stapleton, Colo., because it was supposedly a “family-friendly” neighborhood.

“We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space,” said Cohen.

However, because it’s “a shared space,” the HOA prohibits anything that “offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment.”

You know what this means, right? It means that unless the HOA is arbitrarily coming after kids for playing with sidewalk chalk, someone actually registered a formal complaint.

“The association is trying to go down a path of do no harm and prevent the sidewalk art as opposed to… until such time as it can get together and discuss it,” said an attorney representing the HOA in Stapleton.

Cohen said no one in her neighborhood has said anything about her daughter drawing on the sidewalk and that she has no plans to make her stop.

Read more here.

Author: AKA John Galt

A small business owner, a tea party organizer, a son, father and husband who is not willing to sell out the future lives of his children.

2 thoughts on “Denver Neighborhood Wants to Ban ‘Distracting’ & ‘Offensive’ Sidewalk Chalk”

  1. Unless little Emerson is drawing naked people and writing dirty words with her sidewalk chalk, whoever is so distracted and offended by her activities needs to chill out and remember that this CHILD will soon outgrow her interest in this activity. It NEVER ceases to amaze me how stupid and selfish grown-ups can be.

  2. there is nothing wrong with the sidewalk chalk but there is a problem with inconsiderate parents who do not wash it away when the child is finished. A complex has shared space and it is annoying to have to walk on it to get to your apt. and have it on the bottom of your shoes. If it stays there is stains the cement. Stop being so selfish and thinking the world revolves around you. That is the problem.

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