Building owner Rick Destito painted the "Before I Die" wall after seeing the idea on Facebook.
"It's such a simple idea but it resonated so much with me because there are so many things that I want to do before I die," said Destito, who is transforming the former gear factory into artist and rehearsal studios. He has watched people of all ages and backgrounds stop and write, some lingering, others dashing off a hope and hurrying off.
"... see a cure for autism."
"... grow a moustache."
"... get clean."
Nyquis Turner, 16, stopped to write, "play in the NFL."