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Denver neighborhood bans children from drawing chalk art on sidewalk
myfoxny.com ^ | June 21, 2012

Posted on 06/21/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT by grundle

Denver mom Sarah Cohen says drawing sidewalk chalk art is one of her three-year-old daughter Emerson's "simple pleasures in life."

"It's definitely better than video games," Cohen told KCNC.

However, the homeowner's association in Cohen's neighborhood feels differently. They say Emerson's drawings -- usually of hearts and flowers -- are distracting and offensive blights on their community.

"My initial reaction was, 'You have to be kidding me," Cohen said.

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

They said neighbors have been complaining about chalk drawings like Emerson's.

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.

Cohen said she has not personally received any complaints from neighbors, and her daughter will continue to draw as a sort of mini protest against the temporary ban.


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KEYWORDS: hoa; homeownerassociation; nannystate; worldisgoingbonkers
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1 posted on 06/21/2012 12:19:17 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
Cohen said she has not personally received any complaints from neighbors

Of course not. It's much less uncomfortable to discretely go to the HOA and let them deal with it while maintaining friendly, neighborly relations.

2 posted on 06/21/2012 12:23:48 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: grundle

The ONE good thing about homowner associations: Your neighbor can’t park his motorhome in the driveway.

But that is not enough.

BTW, I burn my garbage. ;-)


3 posted on 06/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: grundle

Teach the daughter to write slogs like “Fight the Authority”, “Occupy Innovations and Courtyard Traditions”, and “Chalk Up another community to AwP!”

AwP = A##holes with Power.


4 posted on 06/21/2012 12:25:33 PM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: grundle

Perhaps if the little girl drew a hammmer & sickle instead of hearts and flowers, the neighbors might approve.


5 posted on 06/21/2012 12:26:10 PM PDT by henkster (Why should I care? Why should I care?)
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To: grundle

Did she draw a picture of God, a Mommy with a Daddy, or an image a someone working in the Private Sector?


6 posted on 06/21/2012 12:27:50 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: grundle

Maybe they ought to paint at night with spray paint instead.


7 posted on 06/21/2012 12:28:12 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (OxBAMA!!'s name is all caps as sarcasm to indicate a lack of respect, as he does not deserve it)
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To: grundle

one of my neighbor’s is always calling the city on me: dog is barking, grass grown too long, is the contractor working on my house licensed?

It would be nice to have a visit from the neighbor instead of the city all these times.


8 posted on 06/21/2012 12:29:14 PM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: grundle

That’ll teach the little runts.


9 posted on 06/21/2012 12:30:23 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: grundle
It's frakkin' chalk for gad sake. Anyone who doesn't like it or is offended can obliterate the offensive artwork with a bucket of water.

Oh...but I suppose that would take some guts. Easier to crawl like a slimy worm and b!tch to the HOA. Those commie a-holes will do the dirty work.

10 posted on 06/21/2012 12:30:38 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (My dog, yes. My wife, maybe. My gun....NEVER!)
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To: grundle

How abut the child draws in her own driveway?


11 posted on 06/21/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: grundle
Yeah little kids need to express themselves ;-)


12 posted on 06/21/2012 12:32:25 PM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: grundle

I am so SO glad I don’t have an HOA.


13 posted on 06/21/2012 12:32:36 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: grundle

Wonder how many anti-breeders are on the homeo wners ass.


14 posted on 06/21/2012 12:34:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: grundle

I was about to post “Are they nuts?” when I saw a HOA was involved.

The nice lady violated the first rule of buying a home - 1.) Never buy a home in a development with a HOA unless you really want to put up with the rules the HOA has - and the old biddies doing the enforcing.


15 posted on 06/21/2012 12:34:23 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: grundle

Wonder how many anti-breeders are on the homeo wners ass.


16 posted on 06/21/2012 12:34:26 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: grundle

17 posted on 06/21/2012 12:34:33 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: grundle
However, the homeowner's association in Cohen's neighborhood feels differently. They say Emerson's drawings -- usually of hearts and flowers -- are distracting and offensive blights on their community.

"Sounds like that bitch had it coming." Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother

18 posted on 06/21/2012 12:35:16 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools - Solon, Lawmaker of Athens)
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To: grundle

Hard to live around folks whose shit don’t stink and who don’t have a life.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 12:38:44 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: grundle

Most people will gladly give up their freedom in exchange for the right to mind their neighbor’s business.


20 posted on 06/21/2012 12:40:42 PM PDT by marron
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To: grundle
New term that fits this country today: control freakism. It runs rampant in pea brained minds of bureaucrats
21 posted on 06/21/2012 12:43:02 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: grundle

No lemonade stands, no chalk art; seems the Grinch has taken over local government all over America even as his big brother takes over the national machinery.


22 posted on 06/21/2012 12:43:22 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer
How about the little darlings parents buy her one of those erasable white boards and a box of erasable pens>>>???
23 posted on 06/21/2012 12:48:38 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 ("The plans I have for you are plans to prosper you.,not to harm you, Plans to give you hope)
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To: grundle
Notice: they banned it until they have a chance to decide whether to ban it. This sums up so much of what has gone wrong with America.

Incidentally, by contrast, in Medina Ohio recently, they held a "chalk art festival," a sunny weekend when anyone who wanted to could do chalk art on city sidewalks all over the central square. Made for a nice day out in the town, and anyone who would have been "offended" would have been laughed out of town.

24 posted on 06/21/2012 12:55:36 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: grundle

You and the rest of that fairy tail trash, poisoning my perfect world!"

25 posted on 06/21/2012 12:58:24 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: PeteB570
I can't even imagine paying good money to live in a development where my personal freedom is subject to the judgment of my nitwit neighbors. Anyone who does, sadly, is likely to get what he deserves.
26 posted on 06/21/2012 1:01:14 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Real Cynic No More

Timne for ‘mid-night messaging’


27 posted on 06/21/2012 1:01:39 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: BooBoo1000

Why should the parents have to buy their kid a white board or anything else? The parents are most certainly paying easement taxes and upkeep fees on the sidewalk. They have PAID for the right to let their kid play on the sidewalk in whatever manner they see fit.


28 posted on 06/21/2012 1:13:20 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grundle
Denver neighborhood bans children from drawing chalk art on sidewalk

I see a loophole. The headline leads me to believe that while children can't draw on the sidewalk, nothing would disallow ME from doing so.

And I would it too. Just to piss off the old biddies at the HOA.

29 posted on 06/21/2012 1:16:05 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: grundle
...anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment is not allowed on shared spaces.

Have these morons really thought about the can of worms they are opening with such vague, open-ended idiocy? Let them pass this, then if I was the little girl's parents I'd go ape shit on the HOA-everything that happened on that sidewalk would "offend" or "disturb" me. Walk by with clicking shoes? I'm "disturbed." Walk by with a dog? Hey, I converted to Islam and I'm "offended." Drown the a-holes with complaints and demands for action.

30 posted on 06/21/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: grellis

I know this is a HOA, but it is instructive to note that Dennis Rader, the serial killer known as the “BTK (Bind Torture Kill) killer”, took a several years hiatus from torturing women because he got enough pleasure working as a Code Enforcement employee...


31 posted on 06/21/2012 1:21:50 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1248 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: Jack of all Trades

Really classy there.


32 posted on 06/21/2012 1:47:39 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: GATOR NAVY
They get their panties in a wad over CHALK drawings of flowers and hearts?

These 'sensitive' types would have been run out of my neighbor PDQ.

On my block we could have fielded almost 20 5-7 year olds, all armed with cap pistols and capable of making life in the summer a living hell for the 'sensitives.

Of course we'd be off the streets before the dads got come.

33 posted on 06/21/2012 1:49:51 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton” — how gay is that?

And what’s more of a “courtyard tradition” than sidewalk chalk drawings?


34 posted on 06/21/2012 1:53:04 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: MNDude

one of my neighbor’s is always calling the city on me: dog is barking, grass grown too long, is the contractor working on my house licensed?

Ahole neighbors is the reason we moved to 10 Acres in the middle of the woods.


35 posted on 06/21/2012 1:58:34 PM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied,economy died.)
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To: PeteB570

“——and the old biddies doing the enforcing.”

Where the hell does it say that older women were doing the complaining?

Idiot!

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36 posted on 06/21/2012 2:15:35 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

'Chalk?! Off with their Heads!'
37 posted on 06/21/2012 2:34:43 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: grundle

It’s about time they cracked down on these lawless thugs!


38 posted on 06/21/2012 2:41:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: MNDude

‘dog is barking’

Back when I was young and foolish, I did visit a neighbor about his barking dog, to say it didn’t go well would be an understatement.

I did it a second time with another neighbor who let his dog bark for hour on end. He treated me like dog shit.

Not to be a fool, after that I always let animal control do the talking for me.

Personally, I think people who have barking dogs know it, and not only don’t give a rats ass about anyone else, they’re assholes to boot. I don’t suffer assholes well. History has taught me to ALWAYS use someone else to deliver the message.


39 posted on 06/21/2012 2:50:16 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: bikerman

“Ahole neighbors is the reason we moved to 10 Acres in the middle of the woods.”

Ain’t it great? I have my own lake and woods with no one for
3/4 of a mile. Nothing fancy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the
fanciest penthouse in some smelly, crime ridden cesspool of
a city.


40 posted on 06/21/2012 2:52:29 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: grundle
...saying anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment is not allowed on shared spaces.

Doesn't this law offend, disturb or interfere with peoples' peaceful enjoyment?

Irony is dead.

41 posted on 06/21/2012 2:54:51 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: grundle

Shame on those spoiled kids. They should have their butts belted every time they do it. They are supposed to be smoking dope, manufacturing meth in their back yards, mugging elderly ladies, breaking the neighbors’ windows, riding their bikes through everyone’s flower beds and calling their mothers a bitch.


42 posted on 06/21/2012 2:58:26 PM PDT by jmax (Be warned....I'm armed. Round is chambered, full magazine is inserted, safety is off.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

You just describe The Neighbor From Hell next door.

I keep praying the eagles around here will take of her yappers...


43 posted on 06/21/2012 3:09:16 PM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Mears

I didn’t say complaining - I said enforcing.

Most HOA’s I’ve run into had the “nothing better to do crowd” serving on the board. They liked the power and loved to get in somebody’s face at every opportunity.

For the most part they were female, retired and blustery.


44 posted on 06/21/2012 3:11:02 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: CrazyIvan; bikerman

We moved to a property with neighbors far-far away too - because of neighbors

HOA - What’s that? I can scream the word all over the yard and no one will call the cops or HOA :>).....’HO-A’


45 posted on 06/21/2012 3:16:57 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

How about welcome to the United States of Fagland.

On the other hand, who would be stupid enough to live in an HOA (HomO nerds Association)?


46 posted on 06/21/2012 3:22:32 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil.)
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To: TurkeyLurkey

How about welcome to the United States of Fagland.

On the other hand, who would be stupid enough to live in an HOA (HomO nerds Association)?


47 posted on 06/21/2012 3:22:48 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
There's a dog barking next door right now. Doesn't bother me too much. What DOES bother me is when the dog barks at 7am. Then I want to shoot it.

But it's really the a$$hole owner's fault. He may love his dog, but the whole neighborhood shouldn't suffer.

48 posted on 06/21/2012 3:27:50 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: Ladysmith

Call animal control to find out what the regulations are regarding barking dogs.

When I had problems I was living in Colorado Springs. After my two encounters (I was niave, but not stupid, I didn’t have a third, the extreme attitude of two different barking dog owners made me realize that the majority must be assholes) I did just that , called animal control. I found out the rules, in C/S they are pretty strict, and then filed a complaint.

I’m a kind of live and let live guy, so filing a complaint was kind of a big deal for me. However, I knew that in the end someone was going to be angry, and until that point it had been me. Filing a complaint made the other guy angry I;m sure, but my anger went away. I also got to sleep, and that alone makes a person happier. That’s because the barking stopped. I didn’t know how, nor did I care.

Over the years, I filed at least a half dozen complaints. To do it over, I’d probably file two dozen. It just isn’t in my nature to complain always. I think A lot of nieghbors would have been happier if someone (me) had carried the ball more often.

Remember, the person you’re filing the complaint against, in all likelyhood, is an asshole. One thing that is undeniable, they don’t give a rats ass what you think, how miserable their barking dog makes you feel, or how much their actions disturb your life. They’re assholes.

Sorry for the use of that word, but I can’t come up with a more accurate description that I can use here of who and what these barking dog owners are.


49 posted on 06/21/2012 3:46:13 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: boop

See my post immediately following yours.

I faced a similar situation many a time, and let it slide. To do it over again, I wouldn’t. I’d call animal control and file, and you should too.

Your neighbor doesn’t give a rats ass about how you or anyone else in the area feels, and that attitude should be reciprocal.

At 7 in the morning, someone is going to be really ticked off. Why should it be you and a dozen other people? It doesn’t have to be. It can be just one guy. See how much anxiety you can help alleviate?


50 posted on 06/21/2012 3:57:06 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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