Friday, January 12, 2007

Where are the Mailboxes?

The lack of mailboxes in the Woodside Park and Woodside Forest neighborhoods has become such a concern that the two neighborhood associations have gotten together and started a message board just for this issue. Most of the mailboxes disappeared right after the whole anthrax deal in 2001, never to return. (There was supposedly a "specific threat" to the Silver Spring post office.) Since then, residents have had to leave their mail in the slots, which they feel makes their mail susceptible to theft.

These neighborhoods aren't the only victims, as mailboxes are being removed around the country due to "security concerns, major lack of use, and constant cleaning issues".

Residents of WP & WF have registered a number of complaints with the Postal Service, but to no avail. I've also heard complaints that there are very few mailboxes in downtown Silver Spring, although I haven't noticed this myself, not having looked for a mailbox recently. Personally, I always send it from work. However, I have noticed that there are quite a few rusting mailboxes stored behind the Four Corners post office, including an olive drab-painted one. Mailboxes haven't been olive drab since 1970!!

UPDATE: Someone created a map of blue mailboxes around the Silver Spring CBD and it is pretty evident that if you live in these neighborhoods (like I do), you are pretty much SOL when it comes to sending a letter.

Meanwhile, around town...

- There was a fatal car accident early this morning at Colesville and E. Franklin. The northbound side of 29 was blocked for awhile, but when I drove by this morning (around 8:20), there was no evidence of police activity.



- Douglas Clifton over at Metroblogging DC is considering moving to Baghdad rather than continue to deal with the utility failures in his Silver Spring apartment building.

- JoeFerg Sports, which organizes leagues for kickball and other sports in Silver Spring has opened registration for the upcoming spring season.

- The Express has an interview with Neils Hoven (from Silver Spring) of "Beauty and the Geek".



21 comments:

Terry in Silver Spring said...

There was a weird little thing on Wednesday night at Spring and 16th Street. I was heading over to the Tastee Diner and saw the police with two cars that looked like they're tried to make a left from 16th on to Spring and turned on the wrong (left) side of the median. It didn't seem like they hit another car, but the median was torn up a bit. After dinner as I was coming home, those two cars were still there, facing the wrong way on Spring Street, with the police car. I wonder why TWO cars were going the wrong way and why it was taking so long to move them out of the way. Neither car appeared damaged.

WashingtonGardener said...

Lack of mailboxes in East SS is a big problem - especially for all of us that work from home - as the hike to the actual post office (both located above the metro) is quite a ways. They need to bring back the post office on Georgia Ave or at least open one in South or East SS.
BTW There seem to be plenty of boxes around the large office buildings and high-rise apartments. If anything would be a target - you'd think they would be - not some street corner in a residential street!

Anonymous said...

I'm suprised we don't have many, many more accidents on Colesville because of the ridiculous reversable lanes.

Ever come south on Colesville during the evening rush? At Dale Drive, the left turn arrow is in the third lane from the right, but you can only turn left at that time from the second lane from the right. If you make a left from the lane directly under the light, you are in the path of oncoming northbound traffic.

The reverse happens in the morning rush when the same left arrow is illuminated, but you have to turn from the second lane from the right. If you make a left from the lane directly under the light, you will cross over the next southbound lane.

The latter scenario is exactly what happened to me a few years ago...and a car hit me. Sure, it was my fault, but there are conflicting signals and I am luck we were traveling relatively slowly or I would have been killed.

Do the

Silver Spring Penguin said...

Anonymous said:

"I'm suprised we don't have many, many more accidents on Colesville because of the ridiculous reversable lanes."

Tell me about it! Can't tell you how many times someone's nearly hit me, or I've nearly hit someone else, in that reversible lane.

Another trouble spot: the traffic circle at Colesville and 16th St. I call it "The Bermuda Triangle." It's a friggin' fender bender per minute.

Anonymous said...

The "olive drab" mailboxes are actually for mail transfer. Mailpeople use them to pass off mail to one another because of misdirection or missorting, and also use them to store heavy amounts of outgoing mail until a truck can come by. You'll see them occasionally, but with the (relatively) numerous post offices in our area, there's less need for them.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 1:42--you can't make a left onto Dale from northbound Colesville in the a.m.; or rather you can, but it's illegal. Agreed on your point, either way.

The real tie-up is where the lane-switch starts, at Georgia and Colesville. There are 4 northbound lanes on the south side of the intersection, but only 3 on the north side in the a.m., and that third merges right immediately. If you're not a daily commuter who's familiar with the traffic patterns, it's dangerously confusing/not clearly enough marked. And if you are a daily commuter, those confused people are annoying :)

Sligo said...

What is really annoying (and dangerous) are those drivers who know full well that the lane ends, yet get into the left lane in order to speed up and pass those cars who are stopped at the light in the lanes that DON'T end.

Jenny said...

I live in 20910. I get mail for 20903 and 20901, and I know that there are pieces of mail that I don't get (magazines, eBay orders, etc) - I think the mailboxes are the least of Silver Spring's mail problems.

Anonymous said...

Mailboxes!? Goodness, this tops the complaints of Silver Spring's wealthiest neighborhoods? Well, then it should be no mystery why there are other SS neighborhoods (Longbranch) which struggle with revitalization.

I can think of lots of at least two solutions to the mailbox issue: 1) walk to your nearest post office and mingle with the masses, after all, you are in the neighborhoods closest to the new revitalized Silver Spring. Remember...that little area that has driven home prices up so much that the teachers who teach your bright children can't even afford to live in; or 2) hand deliver to your mail carrier when he/she pays you their daily visit.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"Mailboxes!? Goodness, this tops the complaints of Silver Spring's wealthiest neighborhoods?"


Is DTSS now considered one of Silver Spring's wealthiest neighborhoods? Really? I'm feeling all swanky all of a sudden.

Anonymous said...

the problem is that gangs of black youths would always put trash in the mailboxes. i heard this directly from a worker (who is a black woman). it doesnt happen in bethesda but does in silver spring and oxon hill. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Please. No "gangs of black youths" were putting trash in the mailbox in eyesight of my house. And the mailboxes have gone missing from Bethesda as well.

Brian said...

i think you are so silly! mailboxes!?!?! is this a code word for something?

where can i score some "mail"

you need to go to the "mailbox"

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

very interesting.

GO BLAZERS!

Scott said...

I would love to see a map of the mailboxes which included pick up times, particularly those with weekend, Sunday and holiday pickups.

Rfustero said...

Gangs of black youths wasn't the reason. The mailboxes started to vanish after 9/11.

Most Metro stations have mailboxes.

There is also one off of Inwood and Dennis Ave. Some of the malls have them also

Anonymous said...

you can get the pickup times for each of those mailboxes by going to
http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/2/20910.html

Terry in Silver Spring said...

On a different subject, I was reading an article in the Post on O'Malley's transportation priorities. In addition to the ICC, purple line, and a red line in Baltimore, they list something called the Corridor Cities Transitway. It's supposed to be light rail (or similar system) heading north from Shady Grove over through NIST, then up north to Dorsey Mill and to Clarksburg.

http://www.i-270corridorp3.com/pages/corridorcitiestrans.htm

It looks like it's aimed at reducing traffic on 270 and 95 a bit.

Anonymous said...

my friend sarah is really good at playing taboo.

did ya'll know taboo was invented in silver spring?

Anonymous said...

was taboo really invented in silver spring?

Sligo said...

I've never heard that. Too bad Monopoly wasn't invented in Silver Spring.

Anonymous said...

Terry in Silver Spring said...

On a different subject, I was reading an article in the Post on O'Malley's transportation priorities. In addition to the ICC, purple line, and a red line in Baltimore, they list something called the Corridor Cities Transitway. It's supposed to be light rail (or similar system) heading north from Shady Grove over through NIST, then up north to Dorsey Mill and to Clarksburg.

http://www.i-270corridorp3.com/pages/corridorcitiestrans.htm

It looks like it's aimed at reducing traffic on 270 and 95 a bit.

1/16/2007 4:49 PM

RE: How the heck will the Corridor Tansit is going to relieve traffic on I-95 when it only serves the I-270 Corridor?

BTW- The ICC will do a good job reducing the traffic on the Beltway and the lower parts of I-270 and I-95.