Our Swedish correspondent Freedom Fighter sends his translation of an article about the latest escalation in the “no-go” status of certain culturally enriched neighborhoods in the southern Swedish city of Malmö. He includes this note:
First the police and fire department were unable to enter the Seved area without extra protection. Now even the postal delivery is threatened. Local residents will have to deal with the post, as the postmen are fearful of entering the area.
The translated article from Svenska Dagbladet:
Gothenburg: Seved residents deliver their own mail
January 13, 2012
Since postal workers in the troubled Malmö district of Seved are fearful after recent threats, the residents themselves have taken over the responsibility for delivering the post.
Starting February 1, two residents of the area will help by delivering the mail to the approximately 500 affected households. The Post Office and the City of Malmö are collaborating on the project, which will be reviewed in six months, writes Skanska Dagbladet.
Here’s the most revealing part of the story: the postal authorities are spinning their surrender as a job-training opportunity neighborhood “youths”:
The city’s area chief Anders Malmquist is satisfied. “Young adults get an insight into and understanding of what it’s like to work as postmen,” he says.
For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives.