The Flavor is Gone : The Bryant Park Project Goodbye, minty Gum Tree.
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The Flavor is Gone

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The Gum Tree is no more. For decades, Philadelphians took the chewed gum from their mouths and affixed it to a tree outside the cheesesteak joint Ishkabibble's. Why? No one knows, and it doesn't matter. What matters is that the gross and beloved monument is now gone, the victim of renovations to its South Street home.

The tragedy got us thinking: what other unlikely landmarks are out there? These are monuments that weren't meant to be monuments, but somehow everyone in a community came to know and love them. Do you have one in your neighborhood? Let us know.