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Super NIMBY

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You've heard of NIMBY (not in my backyard). Well, get ready for Super NIMBY. It's coming to a mailbox near you.

Canada Post says it will soon begin the process of building community mailboxes in the suburbs as it phases out home delivery for roughly five million Canadian homes. Densely populated urban neighbourhoods will be converted last.

Sounds simple, as long as no one minds an ugly, six-foot-tall mailbox in front of their house.

Newer suburbs made special spaces for the super mailboxes, but they will need to be retrofitted into established neighbourhoods.

Canada Post can minimize the pain by redesigning the mailboxes so they don't look like industrial storage facilities. Creative landscaping and other amenities would also help.

Ultimately, the post office could encounter some fierce NIMBYism. And that's before they try to redesign dense, old neighbourhoods such as River Heights and Wolseley.

With proper consultation and sensitive design, however, the Nimbies may eventually accept the new era, even if it's in their backyard.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Gerald Flood, Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2014 A10

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