Historic Carnegie post office repurposed as cafe

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The historic post office in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, got repurposed this week as the Carnegie Coffee Company.  The post office closed in 2008, and retail services were relocated to smaller quarters in the back of a Family Dollar store.  At that time, postal officials cited "competition from private mail firms, a need to keep costs in line with services and a desire to move away from building ownership as reasons they decided to sell the building. They also noted that most of today's mail is sorted by automation, using ZIP codes, so less space is needed."  (Postal officials didn't mention that over a hundred thousand jobs have been outsourced to mail consolidators under the workshare program.)  Read more.

 

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Historic Plant City, FL post office closed on one day’s notice

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The 1936 post office in downtown Plant City, Florida, has been closed due to deteriorating conditions in the basement, discovered in a routine inspection. Postal spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said the building is expected to reopen but she didn't know when.  In the meantime, all postal services, including post offices boxes, have been moved to the Plant City Walden Woods Post Office.  (Don't hold your breath: Chances are the post office will never reopen, and the historic New Deal building will end up on the market.)  Read more.

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New downtown York post office opens with ‘everything but the floor’

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The Postal Service is in negotiations to sell the historic York, Pennsylvania, post office for a reported $800,000.  The new post office just opened.  "I went to the other post office for more than 50 years, but I think I'll be OK once I find my way around," said Mike Hyslop, a 67-year-old city resident. Hyslop spent his adult life going to the 102-year-old office at 200 S. George St., which closed Saturday.  Read more.  (Video here.)

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Panel discussion on the Postal Service, the media, and CBRE

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Too Big to Name?

How the Press is (not) covering the story of how the Postal Service is being destroyed

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church 
1187 Franklin St. at Geary 
San Francisco
Free admission 

suppresses embarrassing information about those who own the country

The mass media has been almost entirely missing in action on the story of why the U.S. Postal Service is being destroyed and who is profiting from the selloff of its PUBLIC property by CBRE, a company controlled and chaired by Senator Feinstein’s billionaire husband, Richard C. Blum.  This dereliction of duty is in keeping with the traditional power of the press to define who are the city’s — and the nation’s —“best people.”  Except now it’s worse.

Gray Brechin and a panel of journalists will discuss what has happened to investigative journalism as the mass media has become increasingly corporatized, commercialized, and monopolized.

Panel: Gray Brechin, UC Berkeley geographer
Richard Brenneman, formerly at the Berkeley Daily Planet and many other newspapers
Savanah Blackwell, journalist formerly with the Bay Guardian
George Wooding, publisher of Westside Observer
Peter Byrne, journalist
 
Thursday, July 11
7:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church 
1187 Franklin St. at Geary 
San Francisco
Free admission 
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