Man aims to beautify Detroit making benches for bus stops

- It is an eye-catching project with a practical purpose.

The man behind it says his mission is to showcase Detroit's spirit and give people who rely on buses a break.

Walking down Seven Mile there is a new bench, as well as on Six Mile and Woodward.

Meet the man who makes benches for bus stops.

"I was praying and God gave me a vision," said Anthony Banks. "I was just making benches for bus stops."

He has finished three so far but he's got more in the works. 

  "Me and the children love to see him come up with the new designs," said his wife, Pashona Banks. "And build them and paint them." 
FOX 2: "There are benches at the bus stops now, right?"

"Not really in Detroit," Banks said. "Maybe in the suburbs but in Detroit, it is very rare."

And these colorfully decorated benches are popular.

Some might have to just get used to them and a couple have already been vandalized.

"It's just sad," resident Cornell Woody said. "You try to put nice stuff in the city and you can't have it because people tear it up."

But despite the vandalism, Anthony is still going to beautify the city with his benches.

"We are always looking at the negative and I want to bring some positive," Banks said. "I was raised in Detroit from Pampers to an adult. I really want to give back to the city. It is not for money or fame, I just want everyone to get involved. If you have a dream, go for it."

Anthony Banks has a GoFundMe page set up to help raise money to help him with his dream of designing and building two benches for every bus stop in Detroit. CLICK HERE to donate.

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