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A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post Offices

In Berkeley, the community organized Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office, which fought for their historic building and art for three years.  They made the nation aware of the issue with articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. At one point, an official in the Postal Service commented  "We shouldn't have messed with Berkeley."

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U.S. Postal Service makes motion to dismiss city’s complaint, removes building from market

On Jan. 22, USPS made a motion to dismiss a complaint the city filed regarding the sale of the building, located on Milvia Street and Allston Way.

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National Trust Joins Law Suit to save Berkeley Post Office

“Over the past several months, the City of Berkeley and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have been engaged in good-faith negotiations with the United States Postal Service, seeking a long-term preservation covenant for the Berkeley Main Post Office building to fulfill the agency’s obligations under federal preservation law. In October, however, the Postal Service abruptly ended the negotiations, closing off what had been a productive process and leaving the building’s potential sale shrouded in secrecy.

 

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The Fire Sale of the Post Office

Who owns America’s post offices and their continent-spanning gallery of public art? The “as is” sale of the Bronx’s decaying central post office — and of so many other post offices recently sold or for sale — begs the question of Americans for whom those buildings were intended and for which they paid.

 

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Congress members Barbara Lee and Jose Serrano come through...again!

Last week. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) spoke at the full committee mark-up of the Financial Services Appropriations Bill. She voiced her strong support of the recommendations included in the OIG and ACHP reports related to the USPS’s sale of historic post offices.

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YOU can help save our historic post offices!!

American art and architecture tell the rich story of the triumphs and tribulations of our great nation.  Many of these historic buildings and landmarks are protected by Federal Law. 

Yet, in large and small towns all over America, some of our treasures are being ripped from the American landscape…forever.  Our Historic Post Offices.

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The Stamford Win - and why it is significant

On October 28, 2013, Judge Arterton of the United States District Court in Connecticut issued a 39-page ruling in favor of the National Post Office Collaborate’s complaint against the USPS sale of the historic Stamford Connecticut Post Office to a local developer.

 

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