Fire Sale of the Post Offices

The thirteen murals in the Bronx Post Office created by New Deal artists Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson are considered masterpieces.

The Bronx Post Office
The thirteen murals in the Bronx Post Office created by New Deal artists Ben
Shahn and Bernarda Bryson are considered masterpieces.

Gray Brechin’s article on the hasty sell-off of US post offices was the featured piece on Consortium News online on August 6th, 2014.  Brechin begins:

“In an earlier time, U.S. post offices were more than just places to mail letters. They were noble structures, symbols of democracy, stone-and-mortar testimony to the value of community. But many are now neglected and up for sale.  Who owns America’s post offices and their continent-spanning gallery of public art? The “as is” sale of the Bronx’s decaying central post office — and of so many other post offices recently sold or for sale — begs the question of Americans for whom those buildings were intended and for which they paid…”  To continue reading

 

 

 

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