Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Let's Save the Post Office!


The central structure of the Minneapolis Post Office viewed from the north on the Hennepin
Avenue Bridge on April 4, 2018 (click on photo to enlarge it)

Hi. My name is John Brainard, I live in Minneapolis and I've started this blog for everyone that wants to save the Minneapolis Post Office. Recently there's been a lot of talk about changing or even completely replacing the Minneapolis Post Office with some other use at its current location. 

If you'd like to save the Post Office in its current form, now is the time to write the mayor, your member of the city council and the Minneapolis Downtown Council to voice your opinion on the matter. You can find links to their offices in the right side column of this blog. You might also write your congressman and two senators indicating your support for keeping the Minneapolis Post Office intact, because it will ultimately be the federal government that officially decides the fate of the Post Office. You should also send traditional written paper letters supporting the Minneapolis Post Office to the appropriate leaders of the U.S. Postal Service. Remind everyone that the Minneapolis Post Office is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District and should remain a part of the public realm rather than being demolished or remodeled into a complex for condos and private offices. 

In the meantime here is the link to the MPR article related to MPR's broadcast about the Post Office on Monday April 2nd:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/02/minneapolis-plan-link-downtown-mississippi-river
and here is the link to the Fox 9 pro-repurposing report broadcast on April 2nd:
http://www.fox9.com/news/frey-city-leaders-hope-to-re-imagine-downtown-riverfront
and the link to the Star Tribune article of April 2nd:
http://www.startribune.com/downtown-leaders-reveal-vision-for-riverfront-post-office-site/478578233/


View from the east of the Minneapolis Post Office from the Central Avenue Bridge April 4, 2018
(click on photo to enlarge it)

See Wikipedia's write-up about the Minneapolis Post Office:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis_Post_Office 

Scroll through these nine pages of images of the Post Office:
http://www.lileks.com/mpls/post/index.html



View from the west of the central building of the Minneapolis Post Office taken April 4, 2018
(click on photo to enlarge it)

Another view of the central building of the Minneapolis Post Office taken from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge
April 4, 2018 (click on photo to enlarge it)

View from the southeast of the eastern building of the Minneapolis Post Office looking towards
the central building and the parking ramp. April 4, 2018 (click on photo to enlarge it) 

View of the entire Minneapolis Post Office complex (except the edge of the parking garage area) from the north 
on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge April 4, 2018 (click on photo to enlarge it)

A view of the Minneapolis Post Office from the northwest on the downtown side of the
Hennepin Avenue Bridge April 4, 2018 (click on photo to enlarge it)