Video: Inside the great gum wall standoff between Seattle and S.L.O.

This videos explores the two greatest bubble gum walls of the American West, in Seattle and San Luis Obispo.

Now it can be told: the deep, dark, sticky truth about the gum walls of Seattle and San Luis Obispo.

This two-minute video shows how S.L.O.’s wall on Higuera Street, also known as Bubblegum Alley, has grown since the 1970s (or before) into a beloved (yet revolting) landmark, its tradition fed by local students.

The video also shows the celebrated gum wall at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, apparently born in the 1980s. There, a major clean-up last fall threatened to imbalance the longstanding standoff between the locations.


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