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Let's face it, sometimes it is really obvious when someone is part of the problem rather than part of the solution! On a trip to Pike Place Market, I decided to take a walk through Post Alley, a quaint brick paved pathway with some great little spots to stop and relax like the Alibi Room with excellent happy hour fare and a fun atmosphere. 

As my husband and I got closer to the infamous gum wall, I noticed it is really blossoming. Now this strange phenominon started with folks standing in line for tickets and after unsuccessful attempts to clean up the sticky mess, the powers that be deemed the gum wall a living art display. I am not particularly fond of this strange exhibit, however, I do understand the extreme "growth" of it's popularity!

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Comments (16)

Scott Freedle
Metro Brokers Freedle and Associates - Centennial, CO

Don't touch the wall would be the best decision, as that would be very disgusting.

Jul 05, 2011 01:56 PM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

This is gross and cool all at the same time. The things we ponder at. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 05, 2011 01:57 PM
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Bio-hazard comes to mind, I think a wide path is the best solution.  Have a great day!

Jul 05, 2011 02:00 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Yuck!  I'm not a big fan of this wall of 'art' !  I'm glad you didn't get too close taking the photo, LOL

Jul 05, 2011 02:02 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

I am not sure how healthy that would be but it is sort of interesting in an off beat sort of way.. Thanks for the blog. I like the picture..


Jul 05, 2011 02:03 PM
Judi Boad

I DEFINITELY watch my step and steer clear of the infamous gum wall! 

Don't touch! is my motto on this one!...

Jul 05, 2011 02:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

In a world where bazaar viruses and bacteriums are the new germ warfare, one can only wonder how much of a bio-hazard that display is.  Still, we know art is in the eye of the beholder.  One thing for certain - It is a fascinating subject to photograph and blog about:-)

Jul 05, 2011 02:10 PM
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Judi good post, the wall looks disgusting, but it can also interesting to see ...

Emilia Cooper

Jul 05, 2011 02:10 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening Judi. Charlie B did an article about this but only showed a small section and no history. Now we know the rest of the story... 

Jul 05, 2011 02:39 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Judi--amazing what some people view as art.  Hope you enjoyed happy hour with your husband and rest of July 4th weekend.

Jul 05, 2011 03:10 PM
Judi Boad

Icky and Sticky and oh so germy, When I walk by it, i get kind of squirmy!...

Jul 05, 2011 03:34 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Kind of cool...  But then again, kinda yuck at the same time...  ABC gum.  Already been chewed!

Jul 05, 2011 04:50 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Judi,

If it was just blobs of paint, I would say it was pretty cool; however, after going to Wikipedia, I discovered there really is a potential environmental hazard.

"Chewing gum is usually disposed responsibly, but is commonly seen hiding underneath benches and tables; once the chewing gum dries, it is difficult to remove. On sidewalks and pavements, it sticks to the ground firmly. Also, Chewing Gum does not break down over time, making it a potential hazard to the environment."

Thanks for posting this building from what appears to be from an eclectic part of town in Seattle. It's always interesting to find something different. Thanks Judi!

Jul 05, 2011 06:31 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH


I don't think I really have anything to add. I vote Yucky! "Nothing is lost that makes a memory blog post." Thanks!

Jul 06, 2011 11:00 AM
Judi Boad

Hi Chris, Patricia and John~ It is indeed the yuckiest germ-fest going on. I was surprised by the gumball machine! Yet, folks come from far and wide for photo opportunities, and shops sell Gum Wall memorabilia like there's no tomorrow.

Perhaps a pristine water view with snow capped mountains is in order for my next blog post!...

Jul 06, 2011 01:28 PM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Judi, I am aware of the potential issues, but I can't help myself, I LOVE IT!!! Maybe it would be different if I was actually there...

Jul 07, 2011 12:10 PM