Post # 1
So my city banned sidewalk chalk and it’s going somewhat viral – locally, at least.
Personally, I’m a little upset that the city took away one of the very few things non athletic kids do OUTSIDE. It’s easy to go shoot hoops or kick a ball around, but what about the kids that aren’t interested in sports?
Then I think about how the only areas that actually have a high volume of sidewalk chalk are low income complexes and they do look straight up ghetto. In the suburbs there IS sidewalk chalk, but kids tend to do it on their own drivways (a luxury kids in the complexes don’t have) and the parents seem to wash it away whereas in the complex it’s left forever.
Apparently, we’re supposed to have a very dry (no rain) summer which is why they city is saying they’re making this new by-law.
I’m torn. I feel like it should be allowed, but monitored because it can look so trashy and with a dry summer it’ll only look trashier, but then I think… it’s CHALK. Who cares?
I’d love to hear your thoughts
Post # 2
WesterosBarbie: I liked sidewalk chalk as a kid. I didn’t have friends in my neighborhood or siblings, so that was something that I could actually do outside by myself. It’s kind of boring throwing a ball to yourself lol. Can it look trashy? Sure, I guess, but it’s just chalk.
Post # 3
I had no idea people were offended or perturbed by children’s drawings. I get it when cities want to lower the height of signs or put more money to landscaping, but how can anyone put sidewalk chalk on the same level as a 50 ft McDonald’s sign? That would never even occur to me.
Post # 4
Your city is an a-hole i would be furious.
Post # 5
Well this is the dumbest thing I read today. Your town reminds me of Footloose, just the Nickelodeon version.
Post # 6
I grew up on a street that didn’t have a footpath (aussie speak for sidewalk if you’re wondering :-P). Kids will always find a way… we drew all over the brick courtyard at my parents house.
Somehow I just remembered this too which still cracks me up.. My mum also had us “paint” our pine cubby house with water which was countless hours of entertainment…the wood would change to a darker colour when wet but by the time it was all wet the start would have dried so we’d spend hours “painting” the cubby… lol
Post # 7
Your poll confused me but I totally agree. It’s a fun thing for kids to do, I also loved using it to make up games with friends like the finish line is here or hopscotch etc.
I don’t know if I ever found it looking trashy, it’s something kids draw and it always makes me smile.
Post # 8
Meh, I grew up in the country so we never used the stuff. My childhood wasn’t stunted due to lack of side walk chalk. Now my son does have some, he was given some a last year for Easter. He rarely uses it. Not a huge deal
Post # 9
I’ve never found sidewalk chalk to look trashy; I think it’s adorable.
Post # 10
Man, those “ghetto” low-income complexes and the lazy poor people who live there and don’t wash off chalk drawings, amirite?
Post # 11
This seems like it sucks for artistic kids. And kids who want to play hopscotch. What a shame I just don’t see chalk as offensive and I love seeing kids do things other than play video games.
Post # 12
If parents would clean up after their kids, this wouldn’t be an issue. Chalk gets all over my dog’s paws and she spends all night licking it off because it irritates her skin, plus it gets tracked everywhere. Sidewalks are shared space. Play there, gave a good time, but clean up after yourself when you are done.
Post # 13
On the list of things I care about when thinking about how my city looks, side walk chalk drawings ranks about a 1 out of 10 as far as I’m concerned. I also don’t care if parents take out the hose to wash them away or if they stay up until it rains.
One of my favorite things in Scotland when I was studying there was that people would write “Scottish Not British” in sidewalk chalk. It was fun finding them.
Post # 14
I don’t know where you live but your city council has WAY too much time on their hands to be worrying about sidewalk chalk. Who even thinks of that?
Post # 15
I dug around and it’s actually 1 apartment complex that is trying to get a new by-law started. Don’t know if (or how long) it will take for the ENTIRE city to jump on board, but at the moment it’s instigated in 1 specific complex.
In all fairness, I do live in a very conservative and snobby city!
My current employer actuallt refused to hire anynoe who takes the bus, but that’s another thread, lol.