Musical chairs in Reading PA leaves historic post office without a place

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Add another historic post office building to the list of those being sold.  The Postal Service has announced that it plans to close the main post office at 59 North Fifth Street in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, and put the building on the market.  The Postal Service says there’s too much space in the building for its needs, and it points to … Read More

Postal Service’s July financial statement shows continued improvement

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The Postal Service’s July financial report is something to write home about.  It looks as though the improvements seen over the past several months continue to hold strong.  (The July report is here.  If you want to compare it to June, that’s here.) Revenues are up 1.6 percent over the same period last year (i.e., ten months, Oct. – July).   … Read More

Historic St. Paul post office turns into apartment building

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According to the Twin Cities Pioneer, "The former U.S. Post Office on Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul was sold Friday to a local development group, which plans to turn the Art Deco building into market-rate apartments."  The building went for $5.25 million. The Postal Service relocated retail services from the downtown office to a new, smaller location a few … Read More

Nader gives Issa a piece of his mind

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Long-time post office advocate Ralph Nader has written a long letter to Congressman Darrell Issa expressing "deep concern" over Issa's Postal Reform Act of 2013.   "Many of the provisions that you have included in this bill," writes Nader, "would do significant harm to the U.S. Postal Service, which is not in as dire a situation as many in the … Read More

A Commonsense Approach to Postal Reform: Congress should fix the problem it created

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A couple of weeks ago, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a piece entitled "Playing Post Office," in which see played "Let's fix the Postal Servce."  Needless to say, she didn't know what she was talking about.   But her piece got John Flattery, president of Central MA Area Local APWU motivated to write a well-informed and lucid editorial about … Read More

NY Times take a look at the Bronx GPO before it’s sold

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The historic Bronx General Post Office will soon be sold.  An appeal to the USPS failed, as did an appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission.  There's not much left to stand in the way of the sale except for dealing with historic preservation regulations.  The New York Times has a piece on the post office, the murals, and the inevitable … Read More

Downtown Albany, GA post office closing soon; city official says USPS response is “absurd and ridiculous”

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  The Postal Service wants to close the post office in Albany, Georgia, and the city is getting very frustrated dealing with postal officials trying to work out an alternative.  The Postal Service rents space for the post office in a 100-year-old building that's a landmark in Albany, and city officials have found a local entrepreneur who wants to operate … Read More