I love this gum wall—but you can’t think about it to long! The teenagers many many years ago in Seattle would go to the movies near here and stick their gum on the wall. The respectable grownups that ran the place kept trying to scrap it off. But eventually they gave up. Now people come from all over the world and add their gum and they all have created a (very germy) work of art. It really is a collaborative work of art!
Pike Place Market is one of my favorite places we visited in Seattle, Washington. At one time they were going to tear it down as the drug dealers and prostitutes had taken over, my husband adroitly pointed out that this was under the capitalist system. The city took it over and they have created a fantastic place bustling with life. What used to be a brothel is now a Senior Citizens center with 80 or so elderly people living there. They have a daycare for the merchants children. It has given birth to Starbucks and other hugely successful businesses because of the policies they have implemented for business to start up there. I really don’t see the big deal about working cooperatively (socialism) instead of competitively (capitalism)? Maybe it’s a balance—like most things. Pike Place Market is a perfect example of it working–at least what I could see!