Welcome to "Actual Factual," a regular column in which I answer reader questions about goings-on in north Fulton. Here's one I did recently about what’s up at the old Harry’s Farmers Market.
Now that you're familiar, you'll find information for submitting your own questions at the bottom of this column.
Reader Nicholas asks: Are Johns Creek leaders still working with the U.S. Postal Service to get one or more ZIP codes assigned to the city? This is a key component of developing a nationwide identity for the city.
Nicholas asks a question that I’m sure is on the mind of many Johns Creekians.
Here’s the deal. Those residents share a total of five — count ‘em, five — ZIP codes with the adjoining cities of Alpharetta, Roswell, Duluth and Suwanee.
ZIP codes are established by the USPS and don't always correspond with jurisdictional lines, as explained on Johns Creek’s website.
Nicholas, you’re absolutely right about ZIP codes conveying a sense of identity.
Here’s how a mapping tool called Ziptapestry has characterized 30005: “These urbanites take pride in their careers. Many have used their upwardly mobile status to trade up from small apartments to home ownership. They are style-conscious in terms of their clothing and home decor. They are more likely to drive late-model SUVs or luxury cars.”
In July, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter took a look at how location matters in a polarized economy. He compared 30005 with 30315. The median incomes were $102,174 and $21,280, respectively.
Johns Creek’s website says city leaders spoke with congressional representatives and USPS about obtaining a single ZIP code for Johns Creek when the city was incorporated, but it would require USPS to build a post office in the jurisdiction... which is not likely to happen due to cutbacks in the USPS.
A spokeswoman confirmed that while the city “aggressively” looked into the possibility of getting a unique code, it’s probably not happening anytime soon.
So, I’m sorry, Nicholas. I know it’s important to you, mainly because you told me that you contacted the USPS yourself (and were apparently given conflicting information about whether a post office would have to be built in the area for the change to happen). And, as you put it, a USPS representative told you that in order to make the investigation happen, a "significant involved politician," such as Congressman Price, would need to push for the dedicated ZIP code assignment.
For example, when Roswell approved a resolution petitioning the USPS to allow its residents “who now must use a Milton or Alpharetta zip code” to list Roswell’s name as an alternate in mailing addresses, it requested help from Price.
But that was back in June 2015.
As I understand it, Mr. Price is a bit preoccupied these days. So perhaps you could reach out to the candidates eyeing his House seat and see where they stand on the all-important group of numbers that assist the sorting of mail.
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