Seattle’s gum wall has been my favorite thing to show new visitors, it’s such a weird and unique thing. Super gross, too, but that’s part of its charm. And now 20 years’ worth of gum has been removed, allegedly because it’s eating away the brick. Dammit! Time to start a new one, I’d say.
While many businesses would be vigilant in cleaning chewed gum off the walls, Pike Place Market in Seattle has been lax on that front for 20 years… on purpose: the “gum wall” below the market has become a beloved character as visitors have passed by through the years. It’s time for a fresh start, however, as the Market says it’ll be scraping off gobs of hardened gum next week.
It’s the first time the wall in Post Alley will get a scrub down, a cleaning session that the Market says was required because of sugar in the gum breaking down the bricks in the wall, reports KING 5 News.
Here are a couple of photos I took years ago. You can really see the difference!