Today we heard the really great news that the US Postal Service is responsive to grassroots activism, and has agreed to the compelling business case Tenderloin activists mounted toward the goal of instituting full service at the Civic Center Post Office at 101 Hyde Street in San Francisco.
For months, a diverse coalition including Alliance for a Better District 6, Chinatown Community Development Center, Post Office Patrons, Safety Network, Senior Action Network, Tenant Associations Coalition, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, The New Tenderloin, North of Market Community Benefits Corporation, U.C. Hastings College of The Law, and the YMCA have advocated in favor of instituting full postal services at Civic Center Station. Crucial assistance came from Tenderloin Police Commander Gary Jimenez, and the offices of San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Since the Old Main Post Office at 7th and Mission Sts. closed in the aftermath of the 1989 earthquake, Civic Center has lacked a full service postal facility. In recent months, plans have been afoot to consolidate postal services in the Civic Center. Shortly, the retail building at 1390 Market will be demolished in favor of housing and the Post Office there closed. Also, the Postal Annex within the Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate will soon be closed due to poor patronage and the recent decamping of Federal employees to their new building at (where else but) 7th and Mission!
Yesterday, Tenderloin activists confronted the possibility that not only would the Civic Center Station continue to be an unstaffed magnet of crime and blight, but might also be closed entirely, depriving residents and businesses of even the most minimal postal facility.
While the task remains to keep the pressure on the U.S. Postal Service to live up to its promises, today, neighborhood residents and activists can dare to indulge in the hope that the presently forlorn corner of Hyde and Golden Gate will soon become a vibrant locus of productive activity and beneficial to a growing and vital neighborhood.
ALLIANCE FOR A BETTER DISTRICT 6
P.O. Box 420782; San Francisco, CA 94142-0782
(415) 820-1560 Voice / (415) 820-1565 Fax
is to empower people who live and work or have an interest in improving the quality of life in District 6 to resolve problems affecting District 6 and Citywide.
Post Office Patrons