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Denver Neighborhood Bans Children From Drawing Chalk Art On Sidewalk

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Published on: June 21, 2012

Original Article - Denver Neighborhood Bans Children From Drawing Chalk Art On Sidewalk

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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  1. tharprob says:

    >>>This is a public copy of an email sent to all the people listed on the Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton website. It is very easy to look up. http://www.wonderlandhomes.com/stay-in-the-loop<<&lt;

    This bizarre behavior must STOP in this country. It is the lawyers that continue to do this sort of total nonsense. It’s the destruction of common sense and basic human decency. If there was really was an issue with the 3 year old and the chalk, someone could have simply knocked on the parent’s door and politely and nicely explained that there is a little issue. It could have saved this community all the embarrassment and negative backlash that has gone viral worldwide. It is the retile lawyers who make money creating public relations disasters with such petty and frivolous nonsense like this. Thanks to the lawyers “advice”, this community is now viewed as a bunch of crazy lunatics. They hired the lawyer and are responsible for the actions and the public consequences. The lawyer made a ridiculous statement to the media that drew all this unwanted attention. We all know the lawyer’s statement is complete B.S. They make stuff up as they go. Big legal words that nobody understands what they are talking about. How very dumb can a lawyer be to do this? Lawyers make lots of money off this sort of stuff and harm so many people in communities around the country. Think out it, the lawyer will send a bill to the HOA and they will have to write a check to him for doing this. Happens all the time. It’s the sole source of the insane HOA nutty stories you read all the time.

    So here we are with all the public backlash. How very dumb can a lawyer be. Attack a 3 year old baby? Oh, big man. Pick on someone your own age, like a 10 year old or something closer to your IQ. What a jerk. The public needs to speak out. The lawyers are out of control. This is a perfect example of their greed and insanity. If the child still draws with chalk out of protest, will the lawyer send a security guard to the home and physically touch the child and have the baby arrested for a criminal offensive? How far will this go….?

    Email sent June 22, 2012 to Jeff, Sean, David — , , , ,

    RE: Denver neighborhood bans children from drawing chalk art on sidewalk

    Guys! No no no

    You all must be a bunch of very strange people to have the time and energy to go after a 3 year old baby. Really?! How strange will it be to be known for something like this next time you stand in line for groceries, go out to dinner, or seen at a local social function with your spouse on the weekend? People staring at you when you are in public…. How very awkward. Notice how the invitations from your friends don't come around anymore. The phone won't ring like it used to. Odd excuses why they canceled lunch. They can't be seen with you in public. Your wife's and girlfriends are furious with you all.

    Did you think about being a local outcast before doing something so idiotic? Complete insanity. You all need to be told what you have done is wrong.

    Bad choice. Really a dumb move. You actually hired and will now have to pay your lawyer money for this sort of advice to get this negative media publicity and backlash? When the invoice comes from your lawyer for this brilliant legal "advice", how fast will that bill be paid? This negative attention has gone viral all over the world. Now you are all laughing stock. It is really bad.

    How many new homes deals will tank over the sidewalk chalk? LAWYERS DO NOT THINK LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE. Their minds are like reptiles, they are not actually human. Lawyers lay eggs when they reproduce, so they don't know what it is like to have children. The next time you all see your attorney, thank him or her for being publicly humiliated and how new home sales have plummeted.


    - Sincerely,
    From the People of Planet Earth that have not lost their minds.

    What you do to fix it is:

    1. Fire the lawyer who gave this dumb advice.
    2. Don't pay his bill
    3. Make a public apology to make this go away.

    Trust us.

    The HOA is actually Wonderland Homes. It is the builder who did this. They are trying to sell homes. Imagine working there and trying to explain this to a family thinking of moving in! OMG This one will be classic.

    Corporate Office
    8601 Turnpike Drive, Suite 106
Westminster, CO 80031
P: 303.604.0004
F: 303.604.9803
    Stapleton Sales
    3280 N. Spruce Street
Denver, CO 80238
E: Jeffrey Heien, 
Tom Sorensen,
    3289 N. Spruce Street
Denver, CO 80238
P: 303.355.3117
E: Sean McAleavey,
    (The Edge)
    3452 Central Park Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
E:David Andrews,

    Lawyer that created this mess:
    David A. Firmin
    Legal Experience: 9 years
    Law School: University of Denver
    Jurisdictions: California
    5610 Ward Road
Suite 300
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 991-2028

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