FOLLOWUP: Westwood Village mailbox replaced quickly this time

Thanks to Nicole for the tip and photo! Less than a week after we reported the Westwood Village post office’s drive-up/ride-up mailbox was damaged and out of commission, it’s been replaced. The new one arrived sometime since Friday, which is when we last checked to see if the old one had been removed yet. That’s a new record for replacement – earlier this year the outage lasted about three weeks; in 2015 and 2017-18, replacing the mailbox took about four months.

24 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Westwood Village mailbox replaced quickly this time"

  • Question Authority December 19, 2021 (12:00 pm)

    From previous pictures of damage it almost seems malicious as those dents were more than simple backing into incidents.  Has the USPS ever been able to share why that box is hit more than any other it seems.  

  • waikikigirl December 19, 2021 (12:08 pm)

    Don’t remember reading, does the PO have cameras to see who or how these boxes keep getting destroyed?

  • Carol December 19, 2021 (12:23 pm)

    Yay…. good news!  Now, as a previous reader had already commented on…. it would be great if that GIANT pothole right by the box  could get filled in so one could pull close to the box instead of having to angle away from the box to keep from going into the abyss.

    • Jort December 19, 2021 (10:02 pm)

      Or get out and walk to the mail drop, it’s 15 feet.

      • momosmom December 20, 2021 (7:10 am)

        ha ha ha! I know right?!

      • IHeartBPP December 20, 2021 (9:21 am)

        Quite an ableist comment, Jort.  

        • Jort December 20, 2021 (4:33 pm)

          The overwhelming majority of actual car drivers, not edge-cases for bolstering a pro-car argument in a web blog comment section, are able-bodied drivers who choose to drive instead of walk. It is despicable, gross and immoral for car drivers to latch on to the rare and unique needs of disabled people to make pro-car arguments trying to sustain car-centered viewpoints.  It’s extremely gross. You know it, I know it, and everybody knows that most car drivers just like the convenience of driving their cars. It is beyond gross to act like they’re primarily looking out for the actually disabled. 

      • Auntie December 20, 2021 (10:01 am)

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. That’s not a good option for many of us with mobility issues. And there is only one handicapped parking spot at the post office, usually in use. Great if you can park in the lot or on the street and walk, but some of us cannot do so easily.

  • AMD December 19, 2021 (12:28 pm)

    Glad to see it was replaced with a bigger box.  Ever since they started closing the lobby on weekends, the box outside has been overflowing by Sunday afternoon every week.

  • Phil Sweetland December 19, 2021 (12:42 pm)

    I think that USPS should install bollards to protect the mailbox from damage.

    • Question Authority December 19, 2021 (5:14 pm)

      Bollards are actually considered a liability by many organizations because they don’t give way, people have sued for damages whether at fault or not.  As nutty as that seems we live in a strange legal world where it’s can always be someone else’s fault.

  • Jeepney December 19, 2021 (1:16 pm)

    There was a severely damaged  vehicle abandoned in front of Target on Barton street just after the box was struck.    I would guess the vehicle was stolen and abandoned by whomever smashed the box.  Bollards are needed, as well as the huge pothole that needs repair.

    • WSB December 19, 2021 (4:06 pm)

      FWIW, there is no police report logged in connection with this, so what actually happened to the previous box remains unknown.

  • bill December 19, 2021 (2:16 pm)

    Where can we place bets on how long this one will last? Split the pot with the PO to fund bollards to protect the next one.

  • OneTimeCharley December 19, 2021 (2:33 pm)

    The pothole may well be what is causing a vehicles steering to suddenly pull in the direction of the corner of the box itself. The faster the approach, the size of the tires, the driver’s attention level, and the vehicle’s suspension/height/bumper configuration all play into what would happen when one wheel steered into a deep, “well situated” pothole. The image of the last poor box looks like that is exactly what happened. Best to well and truly fix the pothole rather than the continual filling/patching.

  • Insertname December 19, 2021 (2:36 pm)

    It’s a Festivus miracle! 

  • ColdToesColdNose December 19, 2021 (2:41 pm)

    Just stopped by. It’s stuffed to the gils. Hope they empty out before tonight because there are multiple pieces of mail easily accessible from the opening. 

  • 1994 December 19, 2021 (4:11 pm)

    People – remember no parking in the drive up mail box lane.

  • Pessoa December 19, 2021 (4:45 pm)

    “So much depends
    a blue mailbox
    glazed with rain…”

    (With apologies to William Carlos Williams) 

  • WS Neighbor December 20, 2021 (6:52 am)

    Thank you as always, WSB, for keeping us in the know!  Most interesting to me is that the infamous gaping and growing pothole is still there right smack in front of the new mailbox!!!  Why was it not professionally filled in while waiting for the new box installation???  Tough to avoid this pothole when the parking lot is full, and some folks do not have the option of getting out of their car to walk over to the box or post office to mail their items!

  • West Seattle Citizen December 20, 2021 (7:14 am)

    Just used the FIND IT FIX IT website to request pothole repair in front of brand new mailbox!!!

    • Carol December 20, 2021 (5:59 pm)

      YOU are a genius….thank you!

  • eric December 20, 2021 (8:37 am)

    mailbox haiku/////their size is larger……standing proud will soon be full… dents accepts all…..

  • Christopher B Barnes December 20, 2021 (5:04 pm)

    Should put some concrete columns up on either side of the box.

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