Dismantling the Public Realm: Post Offices for Sale

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In July the Postal Service outsourced its real estate and property management business to CB Richard Ellis, the world’s largest commercial real estate company.   Today the USPS-CBRE website is up and running, showing off some 90 post office buildings as well as 36 land parcels, all for sale.   The Postal Service must be in a big hurry to dismantle … Read More

NAPUS calls for a moratorium on post office closings

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Yesterday, the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. (NAPUS) called for a moratorium on post office closings.  That’s a big deal, and it will give the cause a lot of momentum.  Calls for a moratorium on post office closing have been growing.  In August, Iowa’s Governor Terry Branstad called for one, and earlier this week Representative Nick Rahall of … Read More

A new call for a moratorium on closures, and more post offices may close, not on any list

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Yesterday U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) wrote a letter to the Postmaster General urging him to declare a moratorium on closing post offices.  It was the second such call for a moratorium from a high-ranking government official, following Iowa Governor Branstad's request in August.   Yesterday also brought news of two post offices being studied for closure that do not … Read More