By Ken MacLeod

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Vacant storefronts generally go unnoticed, but not on one corner of Harvard Square.

The windows of an empty store on Brattle Street are covered with colorful Post-it Note tributes, written for anyone from fourth-grade teachers to Tim Tebow to Aunt Lindsay or to Mr. Ryan.

It all started with one, simple little message:

“Who Inspires You?”

The note then requests you list the person, how they inspired you, and your name and age.

So, as a new electronics shop takes shape inside, the blank storefront has become a magnet for messages, some a shade more permanent than paper.

“Harvard Square is certainly a place where people are ready to express themselves in many different ways, so given the sticky and the marker, I’m not surprised that people responded like this,” said Catherine Savard.

Many of the notes are devoted to parents, while others are for close friends or mentors.

“I think it spreads some good positive energy that we could all use in our lives,” said Rebecca Kane.

It’s clearly not a shrine, but the new owner admits that when this becomes a “Sound Lion” store in six weeks, how he deals with the notes could be a sticky situation.

Ken MacLeod

Comments (5)
  1. Rob Cleary says:

    Is everyone in The Peoples Republic Of Cambridge insane?

  2. Teresa says:

    I have an idea for what to do with the Post It notes. Have the current tenant transfer the notes onto a beautiful piece of wood, cover it with clear polyuerothane and hang it in his shop as a piece of inspirational art.

    1. Rob Cleary says:

      how about throwing it in the trash where it belongs.

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