News About Town. Yes, About the Town.

Here are some items to get you caught up on what’s going on around the city…Downtown.

Just when we were finally getting used to the Post Office branch at Welton and 16th being closed by a leak, word leaked out that they would RE-OPEN! People liked to go to this office downstairs in the Masonic building. The Postal Service folks there were friendly and very efficient. And, it beat the heck out of walking all the way over to 20th and Curtis to stand in a long line while the clerks came and went and cajoled with each other.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, that Post did re-open. For just a few hours. It leaked again. And, the USPS declared this space undeliverable. Return to sender. They won’t be back.

But, do not despair, Downtownites. For the last few months, under the radar screen, Office Depot has offered many of those same USPS services. And, they are friendly and enthusiastic about it, too. Michael Sirianni is not a “mailman”, because at Office Depot he does so many more jobs. He is a “Creative Solutions Engineer.” Definitely a title for the times. He and his team are ready to help. They sell stamps by the book, sheet or roll. Parcel post services are right there with UPS. And, the daily pick-up is usually about 5. They are, of course, open 7 days a week at 16th and Market, which you won’t find at the good ol’ Post Office.

This station is not able to do those tricky official registered or certified letter deals, or international shipping with USPS. But, you can take your dog in and not worry about it biting the mailman!

Around, the area, Public Works is going to be adjusting the timing on about 200 signal laden intersections. Some of this is to extend crossing time for pedestrians. We’re all for that, but keep in mind, it will also extend the stupidity time for impatient drivers. Some of the timing issues will also address the demise of the diagonal crossing lights at many intersections. That is caused by, in part, the arrival of Light Rail trains of four cars versus three. More ads.

Over at the Light Rail platform, look for the move to the new area near the Millenium Bridge next summer. And, with that, the extension of Mall Shuttle service to that area as well. Public Works will also be looking at making more Downtown Streets two-way instead of one-way. And, more streets will be declared “Pedestrian Priority”, again to the dismay of impatient suburbanites behind the wheel.

The planned shared-use bike lane running the length of 15th Street is on hold. Denver by the Slice pointed out that they needed to address how a left-lane bike route dealt with the street when it becomes two-way at Wazee. We see too many bike accidents and near accidents with cars along the blocks between Wazee and Delgany. The route is being re-engineered by the group called Denver Moves.

We have also recently seen a bicyclist crash at high speed into a stopped RTD bus. Yes, it surprised us, too. Try as he might have, the bus was not hurt much by this rider…and luckily neither was he.