Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Home owners associations and anti-children policies

The heralded new urbanist development Stapleton, in the Denver metropolitan area, is proposing rules against children doing "chalk art" on sidewalks, because some residents find it offensive.  See "Sidewalk Chalk Art Against The Rules In Stapleton" from CBS4 Denver.

In a world with different poeople and opinions, is the best course of action to just restrict, restrict, restrict, eliminate, eliminate, eliminate, because some people are "offended"?  What do you do when being offended isn't a reasonable reaction of a reasonable person?

I think you should tell them that there concerns aren't reasonable, a/k/a "no!"

For what it's worth, 4 households on my block (yes, with girls living there or visiting their grandparents) frequently do chalk art.

Just like I am fine with street games ("Street Games Citywide Festival" webpage, NYC Parks), I think we should recognize that the point of living with other people is to learn how to interact, get along, compromise, etc.

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