During the 15-plus years I worked for the US military as a civilian contractor, I traveled to all the NATO countries, visiting each of them at least 4 times over the years, most more often than that. Such a travel schedule would kill me now, at age 66. But I was a much younger man then, younger by almost 40 years, and so thrived on the hectic travel, the nature of the work, the brilliant and fascinating people I routinely met, and even the sense of being "in the know" about various defense and policy matters, many of which were -- at that time -- classified above top-secret.
In the process, I fell in love, passionate love, with three great cities where I spent much of my time: London, Paris, and Brussels. (Brussels was, and is, NATO headquarters.) I have vivid memories of dallying over
Would someone please be so kind as to fill in a recently discovered egregious lacuna in my general education by answering the following burning question?
Why the HAY-YULL is Seattle’s gum wall a … well … why is the Seattle gum wall a thing?
I emphasize "Seattle gum wall" because other cities have a different attitude and terminology for their own analogs of the gum wall, like … I dunno … “health hazard” … “quarantine zone” … “disease vector” … etc. Only in Seattle do we call the gum wall a “gum wall” and, going one step beyond, turn it into a tourist attraction instead of the environmental blight, or at least vandalism, that any rational assessment would deem it to be. But … hey! … never one to stand in the way of progress, I propose that – as long as the precedent, deranged as it is, ha