Having selected San Francisco as their West Coast urban pilot city, the United States Postal Service appears to have been caught off guard when the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee rejected the Postal Service’s proposal to install three 22-foot-long, 8-foot-tall automated “gopost” lockers along Market Street last month.

The proposal called for one structure to stand in Hallidie Plaza, one on a plaza at Market and Drumm streets near the California Street cable car turnaround, and the third at 10th and Market streets. The one in Hallidie Plaza would have been against a railing above the sunken plaza; the other two would have perched between street trees on the sidewalk, their blank backs facing the street.

While the Postal Service is a federal agency, the city attorney’s office “issued an opinion that San Francisco has final say over the installation of such structures on public rights of way.” The Postal Service is expected to present a revised proposal for the streets of San Francisco this month.
Wall of postboxes gets seal of disapproval [Chronicle]

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  1. Posted by Nope

    Tag Magnets

  2. Posted by BobN

    What is it for?

  3. Posted by wrath

    what do these things do? Just let you pick up/drop off your mail? If so It seems rather silly (aside from any SF concerns).
    I never understood why a postman could not also pick up mail – too much work? safety concerns w/giving access to your mailbox (how about a PIN)?

  4. Posted by badlydrawnbear

    These would actually be great for the transient homeless (people who fall in and out of homelessness temporarily), people living in shelters, or new arrivals couch surfing while they look for work.
    Gives them an address to prove residence and send paperwork to in case of a new hire.

  5. Posted by Unplugged

    You know the minute these go up someone will spraypaint “AL” after the “gopost”

  6. Posted by Invented

    Absurd — the USPS are notoriously incompetent. Partner with existing retail and leave the streets to pedestrians. Walgreen, Chase, CVS, Wells Fargo. SFPL, and on…. see what Amazon is doing.

  7. Posted by Brian

    Ugly and pointless…

  8. Posted by formidable doer of the nasty

    What’s a “postal service”?

  9. Posted by Fishchum

    Formidable – they’re a band featuring Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello.

  10. Posted by BillyBalls

    Ummm, what benefit does this have over a regular Po box? Or one of those ups boxes?

  11. Posted by noshedidnt

    You need a mailing address to qualify for a free cell phone now? The homeless are definitely roughing it now…

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