The U.S. Postal Service is keeping operations in downtown Santa Fe. That is great news for the vitality and economic stability of the city.
Having a near-empty federal building across from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center would have been a difficult blow for the city, especially considering how much vacant downtown retail and office space already exists. Nearby businesses and companies need a convenient location to send and retrieve mail. Tourists, too, use the post office to buy stamps and send packages. Post office boxes — where many people have received mail for decades — are conveniently placed for north- and east-side residents. All of this disruption, without a clear case as to why closing the downtown location made sense, despite the claim that it would save money.
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