Mystery of the vanishing mailboxes: it's happening everywhere!


You may have noticed that a number of mailboxes around Polish Hill have disappeared.  This is not just a local phenomenon; they’re being removed all over the country as part of urgent cost-cutting measures by the postal service.

In the past 20 years, 200,000 mailboxes have vanished from city streets, rural routes and suburban neighborhoods — more than the 175,000 that remain.  The U.S. Postal Service removes “underperforming” mailboxes — those that collect fewer than 25 pieces of mail a day — after a weeklong “density test.”

Concerned residents were able to persuade the post office to replace the box that was removed from Dobson and Herron, and the mailbox at the bus stop on Brereton near the monument is used by many and will probably stay.  But boxes removed from Melwood and Harmar streets will likely not return; we may just have to file this under “times change”.