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by Borderstan.com — January 4, 2010 at 6:00 am 6 Comments

Why is the mailbox on the left (15th and Swann NW) is close to the middle of the sidewalk while the one on the right (15th and Corcoran NW) is close to the street? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Another in our occasional Why series…

Sometimes things you see every day suddenly come to your attention. The mailbox in the photo above, at left, is practically in the middle of the sidewalk at 15th and Swann (39 inches to the street, 46 inches to the house fence). The mailbox down the street at 15th and Corcoran is located closer to the street, about 16 inches in, like other mailboxes.

Just asking, Why would you put a mailbox near the middle of narrow residential sidewalk? Has the mailbox at 15th and Swann always been where it was yesterday? Did the Post Office move it?

Comments (6)

  1. Okay, I know the Postal Service was responsible for this. But, somehow it’s all just SO DC, if you know what I mean. Why hasn’t anyone said anything? How long has it been this way, do you know?

  2. I have never noticed this one before. That mailbox location would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act if it blocks sufficient access down the sidewalk and to the curbcut. We could take it to the USPS or to the DC ADA office.

  3. Likely an Americans with Disabilities Act violation (blocks sidewalk access). Could be taken up with USPS or DC ADA office.

  4. Never thought of that angle. Thanks.

  5. One is for drive by access (Corcoran) and one is for walk up access (Swann). There is enough room forr a wheechair to get by both so no ADA implications.

  6. The on at Corcoran isn’t for drive-by access, because the slot still faces the sidewalk. If there is room to pass, so be it, but a postal box doesn’t have to block a sidewalk to allow for walk-up access.

    Minimum passage width for a wheelchair and a pedestrian is 48″ (http://www.ada.gov/reg3a/figA1.htm), so at 46″ it is at least unnecessarily stupid.

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