Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We've had some time to
cope with the downfall of Seattle's famous Pike Place Gum Wall.
For the first
time in 20 years, the wall got a much-needed cleaning, marking the end of one
of the city's quirkiest attractions.
Locals had a lot to say about the
event—both good and bad.
On the pro side, the rats that were previously
attracted to the sticky sweet will have to find a new home.
Con: the wall was
a true attraction drawing new visitors to the Pike Place Market. The
Guardian did some digging into the actual washing process.
The dirty job is
done by a steam washer that heats up to 280 degrees and "delaminates" the gum
from the wall. Luckily, they took some footage so the rest of us can see how
its done.
In true tourist attraction homage, people gathered to document the
cleansing and share their thoughts.
One local—Emily Crawford of Pike Place
Market—even shared a bit of math with the masses: "I think there's probably
at least one million pieces of gum on the wall.
I did a rough calculation this
morning: If each piece of gum weighs a gram, then that equals about 2,200 lbs
of gum, give or take." Yikes.
Check out the footage below: Erika Owen
is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter
and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
For the first time in 20 years, the Pike Place Gum Wall in
Seattle is getting cleaned up.
Watch the video here.

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