“That’s something you won’t see in
Columbia,” I said in reference to the planned
communities cluster mailboxes.
She was a bit surprised to find out that even single family homes in Columbia are serviced by these communal mail receptacles.
“I don’t think I’d like that,” she said
It’s almost irrelevant anymore. The mailbox is not the conduit to the larger world that it once was. It’s place in our content delivery hierarchy has slipped to a lower tier. It is conceivable that, in my lifetime, I will witness the phasing out of regular delivery of mail by an agency of the federal government.
I’d be okay with that. Providing mail service to every single household in the
States is a very expensive proposition. The
USPS has over 574,000 employees, operates 31,000 postal facilities, and owns
over 218,000 vehicles. It last reported net revenue in 2006. Since then the
losses have been in the billions.
The argument for keeping the USPS is that it reaches every single home in the country, urban, rural, rich, poor and everyone in between. Not everyone has broadband but everyone, except perhaps the homeless, has a mailing address.
Still, at the rate these USPS losses are accumulating, we might be better off giving everyone a 4G iPad.
You can read this month’s column here.