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Sidewalk Chalk Controversy

By: Dominic Garcia
By: Dominic Garcia

They say art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

In a Denver neighborhood, a three-year-old's chalk drawings have drawn some local critics.

Dominic Garcia reports.

"Green."

"It's definitely better than video games."

"Yellow."

Emerson Cohen does what kids do.

"It's kind of a simple pleasure in life for her."

It wouldn't be summer if her hands weren't covered in chalk.

"Well, I guess this is kind of our mini-protest."

But in the eyes of some, that makes her a criminal.

"My initial reaction was you've got to be kidding me."

Sarah Cohen and her husband bought in Stapleton because it was family-friendly.

"We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space."

That's the problem. The Hoa says it's a shared space and anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with its peaceful enjoyment isn't allowed. Apparently people have complained.

"The association is trying to go down a path of do no harm and prevent the sidewalk art as opposed to until such time if you can get together and discuss it."

"She's not bothering anyone and it's actually pretty neat…she's learning how to spell her name."

Sarah says no neighbors have said anything to her and plans to keep on letting her daughter color the common area.

"It's summertime. And God forbid that my daughter's drawing flowers, and her name and hearts."

Even if that makes her a Crayola criminal.

"I think at the end of the day there are bigger fish to fry."

If residents do decide they don't want sidewalk chalk art and people continue to do it, there could be some fines.

No meeting has yet been scheduled.


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