Silver Spring, MD, post office may be losing customers due to location

Silver Spring, MD, post office may be losing customers due to location

Business owners and residents in Silver Spring are hoping to convince the Postal Service to bring back a post office to downtown. Last year, two post offices— the main post office branch at 8616 Second Street and the Silver Spring Center branch at 8455 Colesville Road— were consolidated into one ... Read More
Stamford PO lanterns removed to undisclosed location

Stamford PO lanterns removed to undisclosed location

The Postal Service has removed two iconic lanterns that adorned the Atlantic Street Post Office in Stamford, Conn., after vandals damaged and pilfered parts off of one. A USPS spokeswoman said the lanterns have been moved to an undisclosed location to discourage thieves from trying to track them down. The ... Read More
Downtown Columbia, MD may lose post office

Downtown Columbia, MD may lose post office

Downtown Columbia, Maryland, may soon be without a post office. The Postal Service is having lease renewal issues again, this time with the Howard Hughes Corp., which owns the building. The Postal Service had a public meeting yesterday to discuss alternative locations. A spokesperson for the owner says the company ... Read More
Postal Service to revisit NEPA review on Stamford PO

Postal Service to revisit NEPA review on Stamford PO

According to a ruling issued today in the U.S. District Court, the Postal Service "has decided to revisit its NEPA review for the Atlantic Street Station." Apparently this means that the Postal Service will at least consider doing an environmental impact review of the impacts of its sale of the ... Read More
San Diego Mission Valley post office to remain open

San Diego Mission Valley post office to remain open

The Postal Service has reversed its decision to close the Mission Valley Postal Store in the Westfield Mission Valley mall in San Diego. The Postal Service blamed the closure on the expiration of the lease, but thanks to efforts by Mission Valley Planning Group member Josh Weiselberg and other elected ... Read More
Two historic post offices in Connecticut get gutted

Two historic post offices in Connecticut get gutted

When the Postal Service sold two historic post offices in Connecticut, there was probably a general sense that they would be protected by preservation laws. But over the past few weeks, the post offices in Fairfield and Greenwich have been totally gutted, and a good portion of the Fairfield exterior ... Read More
Appeals Court To Decide If Post Office Should Deliver To San Francisco SRO Tenants

Appeals Court To Decide If Post Office Should Deliver To San Francisco SRO Tenants

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in San Francisco Tuesday over whether the U.S. Postal Service is required to deliver mail to tenants in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels. The outcome will impact tens of thousands of low-income tenants. Read more. (Also, an audio of the hearing is ... Read More
Portlanders Kicked, Arrested for Protesting Post Office Privatization

Portlanders Kicked, Arrested for Protesting Post Office Privatization

Calling themselves “postal protectors,” 15 activists gathered in the lobby of the main post office in downtown Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, holding signs protesting postal privatization. Seven were arrested while attempting to negotiate a meeting with District Manager Erica Brix. Read more ... Read More
Getting the facts straight on the Redlands post office

Getting the facts straight on the Redlands post office

Citizen Karlie Miller has been fighting to save the historic post office in Redlands, California, since last spring (as reported in this post from May). Unfortunately, she often finds herself not fighting just the post office. There are folks in town who want to buy the building and turn it ... Read More
Milton Friedman and the US Postal Service

Milton Friedman and the US Postal Service

There's a great piece on Daily Kos dismantling an article by Milton Friedman about the postal monopoly. It takes Friedman to task for errors of omission and commission and everything else, and it gives a very interesting short history of the Pony Express and other chapters in the history of ... Read More
Aripeka FL post office to reopen

Aripeka FL post office to reopen

The post office in Aripeka, Florida, closed in September for an emergency suspension over a lease issue. The elderly landlady, though a long-time promoter of the post office, wouldn't sign the stack of papers required for lease renewal. A local resident has come to the rescue by buying the building ... Read More
Hobson TX PO suspended, no qualified personnel to run it

Hobson TX PO suspended, no qualified personnel to run it

The post office in Hobson, Texas, was closed for an emergency suspension because they couldn't find someone to operate it. The office is on the POStPlan list, and it was one of the first to have its hours reduced. Back on November 17, 2012, the hours were reduced to two ... Read More
APWU contributes to fight to save historic post offices

APWU contributes to fight to save historic post offices

APWU Press Release: "The APWU will make a $15,000 donation to the National Post Office Collaborate, an organization dedicated to fighting the sale of historic post offices, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. The Collaborate, which grew out of the fight to save the Berkeley CA post office, plans to ... Read More
Court stops sale of Stamford post office—again

Court stops sale of Stamford post office—again

The Stamford Advocate has an article about the temporary injunction granted by the District Court to stop the sale of the historic Atlantic Street Station post office. "This week, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton granted a temporary injunction barring the sale of the post office to the Cappelli Organization, ... Read More
Sale of Stamford post office on hold: U.S. District Court grants temporary injunction

Sale of Stamford post office on hold: U.S. District Court grants temporary injunction

Yesterday there were several important developments in the fight over the historic Atlantic Street Station post office in Stamford, Connecticut, which closed on September 20 with only two-days’ notice to customers, just as the building was about to be sold to a Westchester developer. The U.S. District Court issued a ... Read More
Post Offices sold and for sale: An update on the inventory

Post Offices sold and for sale: An update on the inventory

It’s not easy getting information out of the Postal Service about the properties it has sold or those it has earmarked for disposal, but thanks to investigative reporter Peter Byrne, a lot of news articles, and various other sources, there’s enough information out there to piece together a picture.  Here’s ... Read More
USPS releases 2012 Household Diary Study

USPS releases 2012 Household Diary Study

The Postal Service has released its annual Household Diary Study. As the Executive Summary explains, " The Household Diary Study survey, fielded continuously since 1987, aims to collect information on household use of the mail and how that use changes over time. The survey collects household information on demographics, lifestyle, ... Read More
We're listening: The Postal Service holds 8,500 POStPlan meetings, but why?

We’re listening: The Postal Service holds 8,500 POStPlan meetings, but why?

Yesterday the Postal Service gave the Postal Regulatory Commission a copy of the Household Diary Study, the annual report on mail use and attitudes.  The study says this about how people are using their post office: “In spite of a declining frequency of visits over the past five years, the ... Read More
Communities and Postal Workers United newsletter for Oct-Nov 2013

Communities and Postal Workers United newsletter for Oct-Nov 2013

Communities and Postal Workers United has published its newsletter for October – November 2013. It features an article about the rally to save the post office in the Bronx on September 21, and another about the 31-day occupation on the steps of the Berkeley post office. There's also a piece ... Read More
Why did the Stamford post office close?  Conflicting answers, disturbing questions

Why did the Stamford post office close? Conflicting answers, disturbing questions

The Postal Service closed the Atlantic Street post office in Stamford, Connecticut, on September 20, 2013, on two-days’ notice to customers. A USPS press release dated September 18 explains that the closure was due to the fact that the Postal Service was advancing with the sale of the building but ... Read More