Postal officials say it's part of the post office's ongoing reevaluation of how it collects and delivers mail. The reevaluation was prompted by government cutbacks due to the economic slump, and a significant decline in the volume of first-class mail as more and more people use e-mail and online bill paying.
According to the Times, a USPS survey found that each of the removed boxes collected fewer than 25 pieces of mail a day on average.
Still, many residents are upset to find their neighborhood boxes gone.
Jonathan Weiss of Cheviot Hills told the paper, "They removed every single one in my neighborhood, instead of taking out half of them. I think it makes no sense."
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