The United States Postal Service is commonly depicted as an antiquated, inefficient institution that won't stop hemorrhaging money until it streamlines its operations and fully embraces technology.

That was not the picture that emerged at an event in Harlem last week. Activists, community leaders and economists gathered at St. Mary's Episcopal Church to limn the Postal Service as a "national treasure," to decry the closing of post offices and mail processing centers and to discuss the virtues of transforming local post offices into providers of financial services.

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