Bubble gum is spewed away in various places – under the table, in your little sister’s hair or even in electrical sockets. In places such as California’s San Luis Obispo, there is the Bubblegum Alley. San Luis Obispo hosts the remarkable Bubblegum Alley. It literally is an alley filled from top to bottom of bubblegum. Interesting? Completely. A bit nasty and unsanitary? Yes and yes.
The Bubblegum Alley has received its notoriety through both the New York and LA Times as well as several television shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It has fascinated and disgusted several tourists ranging from local, national to international.
There are pieces of gum that have achieved longevity – sticking to the alley for over 40 years. It has even garnered local attention, where sections are dedicated to different fraternities and sororities gumming their way into history. Some have even made the alley into gums of art showcasing unique talents.
Several places and variations of the Bubblegum Alley have emerged not just in San Luis Obispo, but in Seattle. Quite a feat for those interested. Just don’t get into “sticky” situations…(okay, I accept, bad joke.)
- Stuck On You: Seattle’s Gum Wall Is Pretty, Gross (weburbanist.com)