When public buildings were revered

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The Boston Globe has a great op-ed piece about the legacy of the New Deal and the loss of the Union Square post office: “Today, the Union Square post office and Moffett’s patriotic mural have been sold, as the US Postal Service embarks on a liquidation program to reduce its $20 billion deficit. The building was purchased for $2.75 million … Read More

How’s the exigent rate increase doing?

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Earlier this week, the Postal Service released its preliminary financial report for fiscal year 2014.  Now may be a good time to evaluate the impacts of the exigent rate increase that went into effect on January 26, 2014. Back in September 2013, when the Postal Service presented testimony to the Postal Regulatory Commission about the proposed increase, one of the main … Read More

National Trust joins Berkeley in suit against Postal Service

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has joined the City of Berkeley in a lawsuit against the Postal Service over the sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office.  The suit complains that the Postal Service has failed to comply with federal historic preservation laws prior to entering into a contract for sale of the building.  The National Trust’s complaint is … Read More

Why Congress should not get out of the way of the Postal Service

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BY MARK JAMISON News that Ron Johnson, the Tea Party favorite from Wisconsin, will be taking over as chair of the Senate committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs has caused an overwhelming sense of panic among progressives and postal workers.  Johnson will control oversight of the Postal Service in the Senate. There may be good reason to think this … Read More

Did the Postal Service forget it owns the historic Lindsborg post office?

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The Postal Service has closed the post office in Lindsborg, Kansas, because of concerns about the air quality.  Apparently some black mold was discovered in the basement.  That’s not too surprising considering that it’s an old building that dates back to 1936. The news reports don’t mention the phrase, but presumably the office was closed for an “emergency suspension.”  Under … Read More