Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Goodbye to the Rural Post Office

The Idlewild Post Office. It's on the list.

Marking the changes that time and technology bring.

The United States Postal Service announced today that it is reviewing 3,700 post offices in the United States for possible closure — more than 60 are listed in Michigan on the USPS' website.

See the complete list here.

In a statement, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said many customers don't need to go to a post office to send mail.

"Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business," he said. "The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value."

There is talk of moving services into a "village post office", which would operate in a local business and such - might be a good idea to help save money and bring customers into small businesses in the small towns. But still, it's kind of sad to see the quaint and sometimes historic offices go...

(P.S. Hey Mom - Vulcan is on the list too.)

Update: And this comes from the AP the following day:

New census figures show that rural places now account for just 16 percent of the nation's population. It's the lowest share ever as cities and suburbs boom.

The rural share has gone below the previous low of 20 percent in 2000.


In 1910, the population share of rural America was as high as 72 percent.