Bubblegum Alley

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San Luis Obispo, California

Bubblegum Alley San Luis Obispo Reviews

SFGiantsGirlie SFGiants…
6 reviews
Extremely gross, but definitely an interesting monument! Feb 14, 2011
One of the well-known landmarks in San Luis Obispo, CA, this is definitely something that might make you sick! It's an alley between shops and nearby bars/restaurants that started out with people putting gum on the walls and it slowiy started becoming a trend. I've seen people urinate, make out, lick, etc. on the walls; it's quite disgusting!

But, then you kinda have to appreciate the actual art form that this alley is. I remember when I was in junior high school (1999) and I went on a leadership class trip. We made a trip downtown for lunch, and had to make a stop here. We ended up putting out school's initials on the wall. Many frats/sororities from Cal Poly (the city's university) have put their Greek symbols high up the alley walls. You'll find everything from movie tickets, condoms, money, gum wrappers, photos, etc attached to these walls.
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93 reviews
gum mania May 13, 2009
A 20 meter stretch of wall in downtown San Luis Obispo, California. A real tourist thing ofcourse but fun to see alle the thousends of thousends of gum stick to the wall.

Have fun and don't forget to bring your gum


According to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Improvement Association, the history of who actually started this gum fiesta is "a little sketchy"[3]. Some historians believe that the tradition of the Alley started after WWII as a San Luis Obispo High School graduating class event[4]. Others believe it to have started in the late 1950s as rivalry between San Luis Obispo High School and Cal Poly students. As soon as the Poly students suspected that the high school was trying to out-do them on the gum walls, the college students stepped up their game and immediately became more creative, thus launching Bubblegum Alley[3]. In any case, by the 1970s Bubblegum Alley was well under way. When shop owners complained that it was "unsanitary and disgusting"[5], the alley underwent a full cleaning. The gum graffiti survived two full cleanings in the '70s[3], but when, in 1996, the BIA attempted to have another full cleaning, it was not passed.

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