It don’t look good, news is bad: New Deal P.O. in Ukiah, CA, to close

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The post office in Ukiah, California, was built in 1937 under the New Deal.  It may close in a few weeks.  On Feb. 23, the Postal Service announced its intention to close this downtown post office and move its services to an annex at the edge of the city.  A meeting was held on April 21, and more than 200 people turned out to protest.  More might have shown up, but postcards announcing the meeting mysterious arrived a week after the meeting.  (Watch a video of the meeting here.)

The post office contains some historic murals, like the one pictured here, "Resources of the Soil," by Ben Cunningham (1938).  (For more info, see the Facebook page local citizens are maintaining about their efforts to save the Ukiah Post Office.)

Ukiah is the birthplace is folksinger and protest activist Holly Near, whose song "Show Up" contains these lyrics:

It don’t look good, news is bad
You know I lost all hope that I thought I had
But what if good news is on the way
Wouldn't you hate to miss that day
You gotta show up get ready
See if you know how to rock steady

(photo credit: ukiahpostoffice.com).

UPDATE: June 21, 2011: Mercury News reports, "Historic post office in downtown Ukiah to close": "The Postal Service said Monday that it would shut down the downtown post office and relocate its services to another facility near Highway 101. . .  Postal officials have said the mural would be preserved if the building is sold."  Some 5,000 signatures had been gathered opposing the closing. 

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