Clean Sidewalks, Dad-Gum It!
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Rasheed Abdul-Haqq spoke again on the subject Monday, saying even if the gum can be removed by the pressure washer, stains will remain. He proposed using asphalt for sidewalks instead of concrete, citing such use in Middlesex.
Public Works & Urban Development Director Jennifer Wenson Maier defended the proposed purchase, saying she saw a demonstration that proved the machine’s effectiveness. She called the use of asphalt “a very creative idea,” but pointed out that black asphalt retains heat and can cause discomfort.
Resident George Gore, a frequent traveler, said Singapore imposes a $500 fine for spitting out gum on a sidewalk and a second infraction brings a jail term. Gore called for better enforcement to deter those who would deposit gum on city sidewalks.
Click here for a view of one gum-removing machine. Singapore notwithstanding, gum on sidewalks is a problem in most major cities.
Chewing gum sales are reported to reach billions of dollars nowadays. For an early inquiry into chewing gum issues, click here.