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a VirtualTourist member from Novato

San Luis Obispo

BubbleGum Alley soon to be gone???

I heard a rumor that part of SLO's famous BubbleGum Alley is slated to be torn down! Say it ain't so! Any one else hear anything about this?



10 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

Bubble Gum Alley is a walkway between two buildings in the center of San Luis Obispo, off Higuera Street. I have placed a few pieces of gum on the walls myself. Sticky job. lol. You can see it all at website: locallinks.com/bubblegum_all...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

David, it is true. Read the article from the Tribune at website: sanluisobispo.com/mld/slo/12...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

David, Sorry, so use to saying slo that I messed up the article website, the correct website. Read the article from the Tribune at website: sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanlui...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

Hard to find little pieces of dirt left on the coast, but SLO is a great area, year round. Make sure you go to a Thursday night Farmers Market on Higeura. It will put down any Farmers Market in California.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

Good for you Giampiero. I am sipping a Justin 2003 Paso Syrah, a winery located in Paso Robles, nearby to SLO. Salute!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Novato

Thanks for the info! I'll check it out in a sec. It's always sad to see places of this sort - homegrown, spontaneous, non-official places - go by the wayside. Speaking of which... ever heard of, or been to, the Albany Bulb?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Cambria

The San Simeon earthquake in December of 2004 is the culprit here. The buildings whose walls make up Bubble Gum Alley are not safe in an earthquake. The owners MUST retrofit and in most cases find that rebuilding is more economically reasonable than retrofitting. The architect was shown on local TV stating that they plan to retain the flavor (?) of the area and the new walls will expect to have bubble gum placed on them as well. The pedestrian walkway will be maintained. We'll be sad to see our grandson's gum disappear with all the others.

We moved to this little piece of Paradise 18 years ago.

Bev and Jerry




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

I heard the owners are going to scrape off the gum, rechew it, and stick it back up within a week of completion to help keep the flavor of the alley. ;-)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Novato

Hi all. thanks for all the replies.

I just visited SLO in February and checked out the alley. Now that I've seen it again, it may not be a bad idea... it was a lot greyer and grosser than I remember it! Still, it's pretty unique and everyone coming to SLO should check it out.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

If anyone thinks that bubblegum alley is a piece of history that must be saved they have never been there on a hot day!!! good ridance!!





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