DC’s Mayor, Vincent Grey, issued a DC Government Shutdown Plan today so we are prepared if the Federal Government closes down on Friday.
I’m not sure how much impact a closure of the Federal Government would have on the actual running of other cities (none?, a little? a lot?) – but there is nothing good in this for the little citizens of DC. Now I don’t care that I can’t register a car or a business as I have neither nor am I about to get either; I’m not about to try to lodge building applications or apply for permits – heaven knows it takes the Department ages to get these through when they are open!
I do care that some businesses will likely be crippled – all those little sandwich and coffee shops that rely on federal workers for trade and the small subcontractors that survive on government jobs.
I will feel sorry for tourists who arrive to find that their trip of a life-time is to a closed up DC.
I care that rubbish will not be collected and it’ll be annoying that the libraries will be closed (though I have enough books in my to-read pile to get through a very long shut-down).
WMATA (metro) announced this afternoon that their ridership would be down up to 20% in the case of a shutdown but that they would run trains as frequently as if all those government workers were riding – but, the number of cars per train will be less! Hopefully not too many less for the rest of us.
Oh yes – never a dull moment living in the Federal City!