Summer days used to consist of popsicles, hopscotch and drawing on the sidewalk. But if a homeowner’s association (HOA) in Denver gets its way, sidewalk art will be a thing of the past.
The HOA known as Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton has temporarily banned any drawing that might hinder the enjoyment of shared spaces. The ban will be discussed in depth at an upcoming meeting.
One mother, Sarah Cohen, has been vocal about the ban, saying that the HOA is taking away one of her daughter’s “simple pleasures.” Cohen, who says her daughter’s drawings consist of hearts and flowers, believes the ban is ridiculous. “My initial reaction was, ‘You have to be kidding me,’” she said.
The HOA believes that because the space is a shared space, there should be no artwork. Cohen believes that because the space is a shared space, homeowners should have the right to do what they please. “We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space,” she argues.
Cohen plans to let her daughter continuing drawing as a way to protest the ban.