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From the Forum – Any ideas for getting an abandoned USPS box removed?

by Prince Of Petworth March 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm 12 Comments


Any ideas for getting an abandoned USPS box removed?

“There’s a green, graffiti’d post office box on the corner of 10th & Quebec NW. It’s not a mailbox that customers can deposit mail into, and I’ve never seen the postal carriers use it.

Trash and broken glass accumulate around and under it all the time. It’d be great if USPS could just take it away, but I have no idea how we could even request that — my inquiries to USPS have gone unanswered. I emailed our ANC rep (Vann-Di Galloway) and Brandon Todd’s office, and while they said they’d look into it the box is still there. Anyone have any other ideas? Thanks!”

Ed. Note: I think that’s a USPS transfer box right?

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  • bruno

    Green boxes are, as I understand it, boxes in which letter carriers store mail for pickup by other letter carriers, unlike the blue ones which are used for citizens to drop letters. So maybe it does still function as a drop-off box. The PO could tell you.

  • EDC

    What a wonderful opportunity to flip this abandoned property into a luxury style multi-micro-unit dwelling for discerning local cats, rats, or even people of diminutive stature. Maybe the broken glass could be upcycled into a fab patio? #tinyhome #minimalism #GDoN?
    (jk of course, just trying to bring some levity to another terrible tuesday)

    • accendo


    • Double its space with a pop-up and you could get 2 or 3 condos out of it.

      • bruno

        Leave the original frame, and fill in the rest with steel beams and glass. Call is THE LETTERBOX.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    The fact that USPS can’t even bother to respond to you is unsurprisingly dickish, but the box is most likely a relay box.

    • TJ

      I want to know how to lodge a complaint with USPS. I have tried to flag a certain mail truck that parks every day in the 17th St. NW bike lane during rush hour (near an unused loading dock no less) and couldn’t figure out where to send the message.

      • On Capital Heels

        Googling “how to make a usps complaint” easily leads you here: http://usa-faq.civicagency.org/answers/9690

        It also seems advisable to reach out to DC parking authorities or the police about the repeated parking violations

      • Philippe Lecheval

        I travel regularly and they’ve been mishandling my hold mail requests for decades. I also dealt with a large volume of lost mail at another address. Complaints at all levels have consistently gone completely unanswered. It’s like they are accountable to nobody at all, ever.

  • andy

    May I suggest you view the following brief scene from the Martin Scorsese film Mean Streets (1973)?


  • OP here: it’s gone! There’s still garbage and broken glass where it stood (which I’ll gather up some time this week), but the box itself has been removed. I suppose my request to Brandon Todd’s folks succeeded!

  • Avenging Angel

    Just wait, it will turn up in the Real Estate section for $2500/mo.


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