The Maplewood Post Office is now under review for possible closure by the United States Postal Service. The USPS is operating under enormous financial stress and must close many of its branches.
The City Council and citizens of Maplewood have undertaken a campaign to save the Maplewood Post Office from closing. One can find out how to help on the city's website.
Much has been written and aired about the resurgence of the City of Maplewood. After a too-long period of being regarded as a second-class community, we Maplewoodians are glad our town is recognized once again as being a first-rate place to live.
New urbanism ideas about complete, compact and walkable communities are business as usual for Maplewoodians. We have always had our City Hall, pool, library, high school, shopping and post office contained within a few blocks of each other. All are essential elements of our healthy community and all were essential to our resurgence.
Additionally, many Maplewoodians have demonstrated high regard for their unique inventory of historic buildings. We have an historic preservation ordinance and an Historic Preservation Commission. We have many buildings on the National Register including the 7300 block of Manchester, a block of buildings on Sutton, another group on Greenwood and the city-owned Woodside, an 1848 farmhouse. Soon we hope to have our Post Office on the National Register as well.
Naturally the idea of closing our post office is very disturbing to us. Not only is the operation of the facility important to the functioning of our community, the building is an important artifact of the New Deal era. It commands a whole page in our centennial book, Maplewood, The First 100 Years, published in 2008. It is a regular stop on our annual History Hike conducted by the St. Louis County historian, Esley Hamilton. Participants are led inside to view the intact historic interior featuring a large wooden relief carving named “Family Group” by the sculptor Carl Mose, who was elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University.
To the decision makers, we ask you please not close the Maplewood Post Office. It is a much needed and loved part of our city.