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It’s here. The federal government has shut down. The National Mall and its museums and monuments have shuttered. Washington City Paper is now Washington Shutdown Paper. But the D.C. government is alive and well. Here’s how it will all work.


  • The D.C. Housing Authority, which is funded by the federal government, will operate during the shutdown for now, but there’s no guarantee past 30 days. [Housing Complex]
  • This going to be rough for a lot of furloughed workers. Here’s a roundup of food and drink shutdown specials in the area. [Young & Hungry]
  • Obamacare is officially open for business today. [WTOP]
  • Almost all D.C. cabs must start accepting credit cards today. [WAMU]


Finding Nemo: The National Aquarium ended it 128-year run in the District yesterday, but the leopard shark and hellbender salamander still haven’t found new homes.

Fountain of Doom: These are the six best fountains the government shutdown will turn off in D.C.

Marital Problems:There are 24 weddings scheduled to occur on the National Mall in October, and any of these weddings that coincide with the government shutdown will be canceled.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The federal shutdown is here. [City Desk]
  • But D.C. is open. [WAMUPost, LL]
  • What’s open, what’s closed. [WAMU]
  • Superior Court weddings are off for the duration of the shutdown. [Post]
  • After Marion Barry‘s censure, Phil Mendelson proposes splitting up his committee. [Post]
  • D.C. film incentives program’s failure can be blamed, improbably, on Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson. [WBJ]
  • Department of Labor refuses to give the Department of Employment Services $1.4 million. [Post]
  • Around 1,300 cabs won’t have credit card machines by today’s deadline. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Housing Authority will run for 30 days in the shutdown. [Housing Complex]
  • New math grading for D.C. school students show 16 percent proficiency drop compared to the original standard. [Post]
  • Thanks, Darrell Issa! [Housing Complex]
  • 28-year-old charged with fatal shotgun death. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The shutdown has begun. Here’s what it means for D.C. [Washington Shutdown Paper]
  • The D.C. area will be hit by far the hardest. [Trulia]
  • And it’ll likely hit the brakes on home sales. [WBJ]
  • Fundrise works on its first residential project. [UrbanTurf]
  • Citywide streetcar in five years? It’s not impossible. [GGW]
  • Commission of Fine Arts not impressed with Douglass Bridge plans. [WBJ]
  • Church-to-home conversions in D.C. [Curbed]
  • Today on the market: Two-unit rowhouse in Bloomingdale

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • It takes a shutdown for people to realize they like museums. [City Desk]
  • Private museums totally cool with Smithsonian closure. [Arts Desk]
  • Kennedy Center raises $1.3 million at fundraiser. [Washingtonian]
  • …and Kevin Spacey raises money for the arts—because if there’s any actor who can terrify you into chucking your wallet into his hands and running away, it’s Kevin Spacey. [Huffington Post]
  • Get your shutdown party on at Sixth & I. [City Desk]
  • Won’t someone think of the books? [Politics & Prose]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Six new lunch spots to try [Washingtonian]
  • Washington’s best date spots [Eat More Drink More]
  • Top Chef alum Kevin Sbraga is looking for restaurant sites in D.C. [Eater]
  • Restaurants that have stuck around [Zagat]
  • New Red Hen and DC Brau collaboration debuts today. [PoPville]
  • Check out the menu at Urbana [BYT]
  • Dessert as art [HuffPost]