According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city is not happy with USPS plans to install “gopost” parcel lockers on Market Street, one of the city’s most important thoroughfares. From the paper’s architecture critic, John King:
In an age in which transparency is a buzzword, try to wrap your arms around this: a solid, freestanding wall on Market Street that would be 22 feet long, 8 feet tall and 2 feet deep.
… and an official with the city’s Fine Arts Commission had this to say:
It makes no sense to think about putting a building in the middle of a sidewalk, we’re spending a lot of effort trying to revive Mid-Market, not do things like this.”
King’s critical assessment of the structures?
Look past such red flags as who might be hiding behind that long wall at night while you punch in your personal code. Aesthetically, it’s as if an anorexic shipping container were left behind when the truck drove off.
In a separate item on his blog, King described the USPS plan as “one of the most ludicrous urban design proposals in ages”. And how did the USPS bureaucrats who came up with the proposal react? King says they were “surprised”. Apparently they’re going to try and come up with an alternative plan.