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Camden Post Office

Posted: May 18, 2017 1:34 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.

We are pleased to see so much effort from so many quarters to improve and enhance the beauty and unique character of Camden. The city’s efforts, including major infrastructure improvements, recognizing people and entities for their efforts in preservation and its encouragement of such activity through legislation such as the Bailey Bill ordinance have been important, positive actions. Our applause and thanks for that.

And yet, there are still plenty of things that need to be done. Indeed, one of downtown Camden’s most visible landmarks appears to be falling into disrepair and it is hurting the appearance of our main thoroughfare. And it’s happening just when the city of Camden is working so diligently to spruce things up.

The downtown Camden post office building has anchored the northeast corner of Broad and DeKalb Streets since 1915. With its historic, classically beautiful lines, the building is truly the quintessential small town post office building and until recently seemed to always be kept in good condition. Sadly, as one of the gateways to our downtown, it now reflects poorly on Camden, with cracked window panes, rotten and unpainted wood and overgrown weeds. 

Now, we don’t blame the competent, courteous, hard working local employees of the post office -- they do a great job -- and the perception that the Camden Post Office, in many people’s minds, is falling apart is definitely not their fault. 

We also know that money is tight. However, it doesn’t cost a lot to cut weeds, repair some wood and put a little paint on the walls.

So, our hope, for the good of downtown Camden, is that the U.S. Postal Service can find a few bucks in the budget to do just that.

We believe it’s a clear opportunity for a small investment to return big rewards.

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