Some people from the Detroit Enterprise Academy think that bus patrons – especially older folks – shouldn’t have to stand and wait at the city’s bus stops, so they put together a voluntary force to do something about it. They build benches from reclaimed wood, fancy them up a bit, and place them at bus stops where resting spots are much needed. The benches built by the crew seat six people, and they also have bookcases in the bottom, filled with books, so those waiting on transportation can have something to read, if desired.
DDOT (Detroit Department of Transportation) officials have said the placement of benches has not followed protocol, and therefore the benches are not approved and must be removed. However, knowing the city’s inability to do such day-to-day things as keeping the streetlights on, it is unlikely that any effort to remove the benches will take place in the near future. People attempting to do good things for a community in spite of the government and its bureaucracy, and being able to accomplish these things due to the ineptness of that same bureaucracy, is a wonderful – if only small – accomplishment of anarchy in a city of voluntaryist warriors who refuse to wait for bungling government paper-and-permit shufflers to grant them permission to perform random acts of community service. Cross-posted at Detroit: From Rust to Riches blog.9:01 pm on May 8, 2013 Email Karen De Coster