Historic La Jolla Post Office headed for closure & sale

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Despite a very well organized resistance effort that's been going on for over a year, the Postal Service has decided to go ahead with the sale of the historic post office on 1140 Wall Street in La Jolla, California.  The final decision to relocate retail services was posted today on the wall of the La Jolla post office.     … Read More

Postal Service looks to close five large New York City Post Offices

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Five large post offices in New York may be closed over the coming months.  Most likely, retail services will be relocated to smaller spaces in the neighborhood, and several hundred letter carriers who work out of the back of the buildings will be transferred to other postal facilities. The closures would have a dramatic impact on their communities, and the … Read More

The incredible shrinking Postal Service: More tales of suspensions, reductions, relocations, and sell-offs

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While the United Parcel Service is busy looking for innovative ways to make its retail stores more profitable, the Postal Service can only think about more junk mail.  Rather than seeing value in its own network of brick-and-mortar post offices, the Postal Service is cutting the hours at 13,000 small offices, replacing historic downtown post offices with retail counters in … Read More

Discontinuances discontinued: Where have all the closures gone?

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The Postal Service may be taking a new line on downsizing its retail network.  Instead of big plans and long lists of potential closures, the Postal Service is apparently adopting a more incremental approach. After years of talking about closing thousands of post offices — after all the announcements of new initiatives, after all the town meetings, advisory opinions, appeals, … Read More

The Annexation of the Post Office

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A new trend is emerging.  The Postal Service is closing post offices in downtown areas and busy shopping centers, and moving retail services to a carrier annex on the outskirts of town.  The “annexation” process began a long time ago, when the Postal Service started moving carriers from the main post office or a branch out to an annex, leaving … Read More

Relocating Redmond: A promise the Postal Service didn’t deliver

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Redmond, Washington, is a town of 54,000 located just 16 miles east of Seattle.  It’s best known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo, and it’s one of the most affluent communities in the state.  The town’s biggest problem seems to be growing pains — the economic boom of the past two decades has been causing a lot of traffic and … Read More

The Selling of the Venice Post Office: More than a touch of evil

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BY GRETA COBAR Venice Beach, California, is an idyllic, bohemian, beach-side community that was once home to The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, Janice Joplin, and Beat generation poets Stuart Perkoff and John Haag.  Today it still embraces alternative lifestyles and artists and performers who don’t seem to fit in anywhere else.   The town's romantic archiecture, beaches, and piers have also … Read More

Week in Review: Protests, dissents, and a fury that won’t go away

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The protests over closing post offices and mail processing plants continue, despite the moratorium on closures.  The Postal Regulatory Commission splits down the middle on decisions about appeals on closings.  Another New Deal post office closes, sold to the highest bidder.  And the anger just builds.  Here’s a roundup of the week’s news. Occupy the Post Office Occupy Tucson: On … Read More

Week in Review: Tis the Season

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The big news of the week was the Advisory Opinion issued by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on the Retail Access Optimization Initiative (RAOI), the Postal Service's plan to close 3,652 post offices.  The PRC concluded that the Optimization Initiative, “notwithstanding its name, . . . is not designed to optimize the retail network,” so the Postal Service should come … Read More

Philistines at the Gate: The Venice Post Office on the Chopping Block

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On Monday of this week, Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), will be speaking in Venice, California, at a meeting of the Venice Post Office Task Force.  The subject of the meeting: the fate of the Venice Main Post Office, a beautiful example of New Deal architecture, which the Postal Service has decided to close and sell, … Read More

Done Deal: New Deal P.O. in Westport, CT, Sold

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The post office at 154 Post Road in Westport, Connecticut, was built in 1935 by the New Deal.  It was designed by Lansing Holden, a World War I flying ace, who won the Distinguished Service Cross.  Returning home from the war, he took up his father’s profession as an architect.  Holden continued to fly, and in 1938 he died in … Read More