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Old 06-15-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Do you live in an area with a ridiculous amount of smaller post offices? I can think of communities in suburban Philadelphia that have 2, 3, or even 4 small post offices within a few miles of each other. These are not urban post offices, where within a few miles 50,000 - 100,000 people may live. These are suburban/exurban areas. Many of these older post offices were likely set up to serve the villages in which they were located 75 years ago when 3 miles was a long distance. Now they seem superfluous.

Instead of raising the price or stamps every year, maybe one bold politician will do a study and look at overlapping post offices with the intent of consolidation.
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Location: Ohio
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The post office is quietly cutting its workforce. My bro-in-law, a mail-sorter with 30 years of service at the USPS, was forced to retire this year. Closing post offices will probably be a last resort option, because powerful politicians at all levels of government will squawk about that if it happens in their district. The citizens of Podunk USA have gotten too used to buying stamps and picking up their mail at a post office to give that up without a fight.

I've noticed that most new urban post offices nowadays are privately run and often are just a component of another business, like a shipping store or a mini-storage facility.
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