Chinatown Assails Plan to Close Post Office

Monday public meeting was the first of eight scheduled for October

Monday, Oct 17, 2011  |  Updated 9:52 PM CDT
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Chinatown Assails Plan to Close Post Office

Advocates for the elderly and immigrants packed a community center in Chinatown Monday night, believing they have the most to lose if post offices close.

Advocates for the elderly and immigrants packed a community center in Chinatown Monday night, believing they have the most to lose if post offices close.

The meeting was the first of eight where the public can express their opinions about the possible closure of 12 Chicago-area postal service centers.

"I understand when you mention that the next the next postal office is 1.2 miles from Chinatown, but they simply do not have the means to go there," said one man.

The U.S. Postal Service in July announced plans to close 3,700 post offices nationally. The closures come as a result of increased digital shopping and communication, as the postal service lost $8.5 billion in revenue last year.

The Chicago locations that are being evaluated for closure are:

    * 3639 W. 79th St.
    * 611 W. 63rd St.
    * 956 E. 58th St.
    * 6559 S. Ashland Ave.
    * 2345 S. Wentworth Ave.
    * 168 N. Clinton St.
    * 4222 W. Madison St.
    * 116 S. Western Ave.
    * 324 S. Laramie Ave.
    * 2302 S. Pulaski Road
    * 5001 W. Division St.

The next public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at the Riverdale Village Hall Board Room, 157 W. 144th St., in Riverdale.

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