Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Package receipt devices for houses

Add for Majestic Mile and Package Retriever

I remember in the early days in discussions concerning e-commerce and secure package delivery, there was talk about creating/installing package delivery devices for houses, including even the capacity of refrigeration.

Someone sent an article about this to the Takoma e-list, and it included the above image.

Something like this, maybe even these particular versions, was installed in many houses on Warwick Street in the Rosedale Park neigthborhood in Detroit, where I lived from about 5 years old to 8 years old.  I used to crawl through them for neighbors who locked themselves out.

We called them "milk chutes."

Even a door-based device like a doggy door, but code activated could work (exception for the refrigeration part).

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At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just recently in the Copenhagen region and the postal service has pickup boxes akin to Amazon Locker. I wish we had a similar retailer-agnostic kind of system.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Yep, I've written about that as a concept off and on over the years. It wouldn't be hard to do with an app system. But the delivery companies aren't willing to do that I guess.

UPS has their own locker system too. I can't remember if I've ever seen a FedEx version.

My idea in part was as a trip and freight management planning tool, it'd be good to have such package delivery location programs, such as at Metro stations.

I noticed that the Silver Spring branch of the MoCo Library has a similar set of lockers, I guess for books on hold, on the Wayne Avenue side of the building.

It's great that the Denmark postal service has moved to something similar. It'd be great if the USPS would do so.

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