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Mail Delivery Stops on Most Dangerous Block in America

Bullets Keep Mail Carriers From Swift Completion of Rounds

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.


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Michelann Michelann 8 years
Perhaps the police ought to deliver the mail in this neighborhood. Kill two birds with one stone.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
The police department ought to be embarassed that this neighborhood is this dangerous. I wonder how many officers are actually patrolling this neighborhood. Unfortunately, it's been my experience that the police like to stay out of places like this.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Yeah, that's just terrible. Maybe when the police department makes a serious effort to concentrate on eradicating the violence in this neighborhood, people can at least GET THEIR MAIL without worrying about getting SHOT.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i like that photo - is it old? where is it from?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Wow! My wife grew up in that area. I've friven through there many a time. I'm not suprised by this, as it's a rough area to say the least.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
That sucks.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
And I thought I grew up in a bad neighborhood...
desidesi desidesi 8 years
Postal workers aren't police. They don't sign up to protect your mail with their lives. If I was a mail carrier in that area, I would refuse to hand deliver too. I hope they can find a resolution that's safe for everyone.
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