Council deliberated recently about a federal push to sell off public assets in the form of post office buildings, including our Birge Clark designed landmark on Hamilton.
I say hold the line by enforcing public use zoning, effectively thwarting the site’s use for private purposes, and rendering the land value nil in terms of the so-called deficits of the US Postal Service. Some term the USPS budget problems as illusury, caused by accounting vagaries.
To my mind any giving away of a public asset to the private sector as a fundamental sin in a Democracy.
I saw this article about people organizing on this point in Berkeley, and nationwide. Berkeley’s post office is from 1914.
I would sooner grab FedEx by eminent domain than kill off the USPS and sell off to developers public buildings.
I’ve noticed local leadership too quick to yield to power, like corporate power in the case of cellphone towers (wary of the “federal shot clock”) and regional to national bureaucratic powers in the case ABAG and this national post office giveaway.
Even if powers that be on a national level are determined to undermine democracy and collapse us into an oligarchy or worse, we can hold the line here, if enough people speak out.