Denver Neighborhood Bans Chalk Art on Sidewalks

Posted on June 21, 2012

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A Denver neighborhood association, called Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, has banned children from drawing on sidewalks, saying anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment is not allowed on shared spaces.

The group’s attorney told the station that the association is going down a path of “do no harm” and is temporarily banning the chalk art until it is discussed in depth at a later meeting. It will then be up to the residents to decide if the art will be permanently banned.

A local 3 year old girl continues to draw chalk art on the sidewalk “as sort of a mini protest,” reports her mother.

One has to wonder about the First Amendment freedom of speech implications to such an action. One also has to wonder what kind of people would want to stop kids from drawing on sidewalks in chalk. A good friend of mine used to say that if the Greeks had foreseen homeowner’s associations, they would have never invented democracy.

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