City paying thousands to remove gum from Carytown sidewalks

By Diane Walker - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – People in Carytown are dealing with a sticky situation. Gum is stuck to the sidewalk leaving those unsightly black patches that are nearly impossible to get up. NBC12 takes a look at what the city's doing about the problem and how much it's costing.

This Carytown streets looks like any other in the City of Richmond, but it's what's on the ground - that's the problem. Black patches of old gum are littered all over the sidewalk and many people are tired of it.

"That's kind of disgusting. I think it's kind of rude when people do that and it gets all over the place. It's just disrespectful to people in general," said Alex Moy.

The patches of old gum come from people spitting their gum out on the sidewalk. Now, with the help of Councilman Marty Jewell, Carytown sidewalks will be a bit less sticky. The Carytown Merchants Association has purchased a steam cleaner to get rid of the gum.

"You step in it, it sticks on your feet, you drag it into the store and you put it in your car, you take it home with you. You know what I mean? It's God awful!" said Jewell.

Jewell has proposed to contribute $1,200 to the $3,400 steam cleaner purchased to remove these gum patches. It's a move that some people find tough to swallow.

"It'll just keep happening. Everybody spits gum out on the sidewalk," said Zack Rathner.

"I don't necessarily think it's needed but it'd be nice to see this area cleaned up a little bit," said Moy.

The work has already begun on the sidewalk but it's not an easy task. Carytown merchants hope people will think twice before letting their gum stick to the pavement.

Aside from the steam cleaner, whoever gets the fun job of removing the gum will also have to use WD-40, and a putty knife to effectively clean up the mess. Then the Carytown Merchants Association plans to tackle graffiti in the area.

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