Denver neighborhood Stapleton bans sidewalk chalk

As Chicago battles on against graffiti, according to recent Windy City news reports, a Denver neighborhood, Stapleton, has taken an even stricter approach. It has banned sidewalk chalk, effectively sending a message to all those toddler vandals driving down home values.

The temporary ban on sidewalk chalk now in effect in Stapleton comes from a homeowner’s association called Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, which asserts that “anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment isn’t allowed on shared spaces,” reports Fox News.

The neighborhood is specifically after 3-year-old Emerson Cohen, whose drawings of hearts and flowers have been eliciting complaints. The association called them “distracting and offensive blights on their community.” While the ban is merely temporary until the matter can be discussed further at an upcoming meeting, the residents could vote to permanently ban sidewalk drawings.

Although the ban on sidewalk chalk might seem extreme, Stapleton could be a great choice for eco-conscious buyers looking at homes for sale in Denver. Stapleton is well known for its “green plan” approach to living and sustainability, with the neighborhood growing out of Denver’s former Stapleton Airport, which was replaced by Denver International Airport in 1995. A large portion of the neighborhood has been devoted to parks and other recreational facilities.

According to the Denver.com website, Stapleton is on track to becoming “one of Denver’s cleanest and greenest neighborhoods.”