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Government shutdown 2013: D.C. tourism down as shutdown continues

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - As a motorcade passed, whisking Republicans senators to a White House meeting with President Obama, outside the Newseum Friday, Destination D.C. workers passed out fliers to tourists showing what's open despite a shutdown.

And while some visitors were okay, some sisters from Los Angeles and Nashville who met up in D.C. said that despite the shutdown, they are having fun.

Friday’s rain fit the mood at places like Tourist Row on 10th Street in Northwest, nearly empty buses and trinket shops. Some restaurants open, but business is down.

Some restaurants report that business is down between 30 and 40 percent.
Also in that block is the famous Ford's Theater, which is dark because it belongs to the Park Service.

"We have this amazing performance that's gotten tremendous reviews - it’s gotten great word of mouth and we can't get back into our space,” says Ford's Theater director Paul Tetreault.

So the show Laramie's being performed by Ford actors at the First Congregation Church at 10th and G Street.

As was clear Thursday night, the D.C. Mayor Vince Gray is frustrated.

Yet the city's delegate Friday could only offer optimism. Maybe.

"I think gradually we're breaking through the rubble on top of us which is the entire government where we don’t belong in the first place,” Says D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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