The times they are a changin: New Deal P.O. in Fairfield, for sale, maybe

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Settled in 1639, Fairfield, Connecticut is one of the oldest towns in the country, and the people of Fairfield were among the earliest followers of the cause for independence in the Revolutionary War.  In 1779 the British burned the town to the ground in retaliation.  At Fairfield’s center is the Historic District, which contains 75 buildings in a variety of … Read More

The Face of the Post Office: New Deal P.O. in Eugene, for sale

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It’s the usual story.  The Postal Service owns a beautiful downtown post office that’s been a thriving hub for decades.  Then it moves most of the postal workers to another facility, a non-descript annex on the edge of town or in another city.  After a few years the Postal Service says, “the building is much bigger than we need,” and … Read More

How to Privatize the Post Office: Piece by piece, step by step

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Think it would take an act of Congress to privatize the postal system?  They’ve been privatizing the post office for four decades, piece by piece, step by step.  It’s called “piecemeal privatization,” and it works like this. Step One: Marketization Marketization is “the process that enables state-owned enterprises to act like market-oriented firms.”   It’s achieved by reducing government subsidies, deregulation, … Read More

Modesto Update: Going, going

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The New Deal post office (1933) in Modesto CA is being auctioned off, and you can follow the bidding action on the General Services Administration (GSA) auction site (it’s one of the featured properties at the top).  The auction started on June 9, with a minimum opening bid of $100,000.  As of July 5, three bidders were competing, and the … Read More

Fish Stories: New Deal P.O. in Geneva IL, for sale

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In 1843 women's rights advocate Margaret Fuller, on a road trip around the country,  stopped for a few days in  Geneva, Illinois, a new settlement on the western fringe of Chicago.  In her book Summer on the Lakes, she wrote that it reminded her of a New England village, and she discovered many New Englanders living there, "generous, intelligent, discreet, … Read More