June 17, 2013

Market Street Proposal Returned To Sender


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]

First Published: June 17, 2013 6:45 AM

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Posted by: Nope at June 17, 2013 7:43 AM

What is it for?

Posted by: BobN at June 17, 2013 9:43 AM

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)?

Posted by: wrath at June 17, 2013 9:43 AM

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.

Posted by: badlydrawnbear at June 17, 2013 10:48 AM

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

Posted by: Unplugged at June 17, 2013 11:40 AM

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.

Posted by: Invented at June 17, 2013 1:12 PM

Ugly and pointless...

Posted by: Brian at June 17, 2013 2:46 PM

What's a "postal service"?

Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at June 17, 2013 3:14 PM

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

Posted by: Fishchum at June 17, 2013 3:31 PM

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

Posted by: BillyBalls at June 17, 2013 8:52 PM

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

Posted by: noshedidnt at June 18, 2013 12:11 AM

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