Keep Murals & “Urban Art” Out Of All Residential Zones in Norwood, Ohio

Keep Murals & “Urban Art” Out Of All Residential Zones in Norwood, Ohio

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Meg Albers started this petition to Norwood City Council and

 

Greetings,

My name is Meg Albers & I have been a Norwood resident for 5 years. 

I am writing to you today to discuss a proposed ordinance change that you might not be aware of.  A special interest group is trying to push for an ordinance that would allow anyone to paint murals & “urban art” in the city of Norwood. This means anyone, not just trained muralists, will be able to paint. My concern is that there will be no way for the city to control content, per the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 declaring that mural content can not be regulated because of freedom of speech. This means that residents can paint whatever they want whether it is offensive or not. Even with the proposed advisory board they will have no legal standing on content. 

During a time where the county is divided & many people are home, angry & frustrated because of COVID 19, there is a very good chance that if allowed, people will take their frustrations out via painted murals & “urban art”. We as homeowners & residents need to step up & protect our city, our homes, & investments as this could negatively affect our property values. Additionally, the city will not be able to legally do anything to prevent someone from painting something that you might not like or agree with. 

With so many other more important issues that Norwood should be addressing right now, such as our streets & crumbling infrastructure, we need to ask ourselves, “Do murals/urban art solve a problem? Or do they create one?” We are asking the council to vote to keep murals & “urban art” out of ALL residential zones. 

Thank you!

Meg Albers

P.S. This petition is for current Norwood, Ohio residents. Please be sure to include your address if possible. 

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