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August 3, 2014

Wayne State students partner to build benches for Detroiters

http://www.freep.com/article/20140804/NEWS01/308040026/Need-seat-Wayne-State-students-partner-build-benches-Detroiters

Just over a year ago, two urban studies majors at Wayne State University decided they wanted to do something creative to improve Detroit. Charlie Molnar, 24, and Kyle Bartell, 25, co-founded Sit On It Detroit, a company that builds benches for Detroit bus stops. “We saw a need for people to have an actual bench to sit at rather than finding a way to take a seat at a bus stop without one,” Molnar said. “We wanted to be able to let people sit and relax.” Sit On It Detroit collects money through donations as well as from people who purchase benches either for themselves, their building, or to donate to the public. So far, Molnar and Bartell have 24 benches at bus stops around Detroit as well as benches built for the Heidelberg Project, Lincoln Street Art Park, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Detroit City Futbol League and others.

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