July 9 ó To the Editor:
I think itís time we stop complaining about the Post Office move and look at the opportunity it presents. First, not everyone lives downtown and many visitors to the Post Office have been frustrated by the lack of parking at the present location. The move to Heritage will make for a more accessible Post Office. What the move also does is present an opportunity for long overdue infrastructure improvements in that area of the city. While the downtown has received brick sidewalks, new street signs, improved lighting and the list goes on, the south end and other areas of the city have received very little. There is a glaring need for sidewalks throughout the south end of Portsmouth, along with safer bus stops and dare I say it, bike lanes. Iíve heard the city pass off the lack of improvement to the fact that Route 1 is a state road. I say bologna to that. If the city really wanted to invest in improvements in every area of the city it could. Iím sure the state would gladly partner with the city, as it has on other projects, itís simply not been a priority. Maybe the move of the Post Office from the downtown will bring long overdue attention and action to other areas of the city that could urgently use it.