The Mexican mail service delivers seven pieces of mail on average to each resident, but on two blocks in Harvey, IL the US postal service delivers none. The post office has decided that it's not worth the risk to make deliveries on "the most dangerous block in America."
The last straw happened on Oct. 10, when a shooting occurred right next to a mail carrier. Robberies and inadequate police attention have also contributed to the suspension of service.
Apparently prepared for snow, rain, and heat . . . but not hail of bullets, the US Postal Service will make a mail drive-by, dropping off letters at a cluster box on the corner. Residents worry that traveling to the box will put them in danger, and also fear that the boxes can be broken into easily. Yet, a spokesperson for the post office has taken a step back, perhaps indicating mail could resume at some point, saying the initial suspension was only supposed to last for a day.
Let's hope the police step up attempts to keep mail carriers and residents safe.