Businessweek: Saving the U.S. Postal Service’s New Deal Masterpieces

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Businessweek's Devin Leonard has a story about the sale of historic post offices, like the Bronx GPO.  It begins like this:  "Walking into New York’s stately General Post Office in the Bronx, the first thing you notice are the murals. In 1938 the Roosevelt administration commissioned artist Ben Shahn to paint the walls of the cavernous lobby with 13 larger-than-life … Read More

“Makes no sense at all”: Ewa Beach Post Office headed for closure

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The Postal Service has announced plans to close the Ewa Station post office on Renton Road in Ewa Beach, West Oahu, Hawaii.  In its “proposal to close,” the Postal Service gives two reasons: There are alternate sites within a short radius, and “over the past several years, this office has experienced low or declining revenue and/or volume.”  It should come as … Read More

Postal Service closes Stamford CT post office: A “relocation” with no new location

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The Postal Service is closing the historic 1916 post office in Stamford, Connecticut, on Friday — without ever having conducted a discontinuance study. That’s because the Postal Service classified the closing as a “relocation” rather than a “discontinuance.”  Relocation decisions are covered by a different set of postal regulations, which are much less stringent than the regulations for closures, and … Read More

Princeton’s Palmer Square post office goes on the market

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From Pinceton's Town Topics: "It’s official: The building that has housed the Princeton post office on Palmer Square since 1934 is for sale. A sign advertising the availability of the 11,500-square-foot building on the green was scheduled to be posted on Tuesday.  Numerous entities have shown interest in the prized piece of real estate.   Among the bidders for the … Read More

Democracy rests finally upon us: Saving the Bronx General Post Office

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On Saturday, September 21, there will be “Day of Action to Save the Post Office” in the Bronx, New York.  The event begins with an “Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office” at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street.  Then at 12:30 there will be a march to the Bronx General Post Office for a “Community … Read More

Going Postal: The husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein has been selling post offices to his friends, cheap

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The East Bay Express is running an article today that's an slightly edited version of the first chapter of Peter Byrne's "Going Postal: The husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein has been selling post offices to his friends, cheap."  Byrne's year-long investigation uncovered evidence of multiple conflicts of interest and problems with post office sales supervised by Blum's company, including: • CBRE … Read More

Viburnum post office closes, nearest PO is 25 miles

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The post office in Viburnum, Missouri, closed over the weekend.  A notice on the post office door offers no details about why.  The office is a contract postal unit, so the Postal Service doesn’t have to say much about what happened, and it doesn’t have to go through a public discontinuance procedure. But according to the editor of the local … Read More

California Legislature passes resolution urging Congress to enact Postal Protection Service Act of 2013

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The California Legislature has passed a resolution urging Congress to enact the Postal Protection Service Act of 2013 (sponsored by Sanders and DeFazio). The federal legislation would repeal the mandate to prefund retiree health care, allow the USPS to provide new services, prohibit cuts to Saturday service and keep historic post offices open.  Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), author of the … Read More

Film producer may buy historic Santa Monica post office

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Looks like owning a historic post office is becoming a Hollywood fad.  First producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard) bought the Venice post office and turned it into a production studio and office.  Now producer David Ellison (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, World War Z) is in talks to buy the Santa Monica post office.  Ellison is at work on … Read More

Aripeka FL post office closes, no mail delivery either

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On Friday the 13th, the post office in Aripeka, Florida, closed, just as the Postal Service said it would.  The cause?  A lease dispute with the landlord.  As reported in this previous post, the elderly landlady has been connected to the post office for decades — her grandfather was the postmaster from 1921 to 1945, and after that, his daughter … Read More