The Broadway Hotel's 'Wall of Hope' is filling up

Monday, December 30, 2013 | 6:58 p.m. CST
The "Wall of Hope" outside The Broadway Hotel on Short Street in downtown Columbia will remain open until the end of January. It unveiled Friday, and my Monday afternoon was nearly full of messages. Hotel staff said messages will be erased from time to time to make room for new ones.

COLUMBIA – There's plenty of chalk but only a few open spots left at the Broadway Hotel's "Wall of Hope."

The art exhibition, which opened Friday, invites people to write what they wish for in the coming year.

Since the 240-square-foot chalkboard was unveiled, there have been several additions: 

  • Pizzativity 
  • to be debt free 
  • ЛЁВА И СОНЯ ♥ ("Lyova and Sonya," in Russian).

"Will you marry me?" one writer asked. Above it, someone answered "yes."

A few of the longer wishes were scrunched down and written in tiny letters, but others were so effusive that they spilled into other spaces, such as "For living wage jobs for more citizens." 

The messages will be erased from time to time, said Luke Miller, the hotel's director of nightlife, and the chalkboard will be up until the end of January.

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