You’re approaching Bottle Cap Alley, a pathway paved with decades of discarded beer (and soda) caps.
Bottle Cap Alley has become an important fixture of this city. The strange ritual’s origins are not known, but they likely go back at least four decades. It may have started with the adjacent restaurant, The Dixie Chicken, dumping its bottle caps in the alley every night, along with other local bars and restaurants. The collection has grown over the years to encompass hundreds of thousands of caps, by some accounts. Some people come to visit and take a bottle cap or two away, whether for sentimental reasons or because they are collectors who find interesting caps.
Open footwear is not recommended at Bottle Cap Alley, because of the risk of getting cut. It has also, being an alley, been known to receive donations of various bodily fluids in addition to bottle caps, so whatever footwear one is sporting, vigilance is encouraged.
It’s safe to say that I’m wearing my blue sneakers walking through the alley.