Washington, D.C. facts of the day

The report released Thursday by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District painted a bleak picture of fall in downtown Washington, driven largely by the continued absence of nine-to-fivers. Office vacancies hit record highs, dozens of restaurants remain closed, and less than 25 percent of employees had returned to their downtown buildings by mid-September — up less than 2 percent from July. In a telltale sign of hard times in downtown Washington, it is difficult to find a shop open for coffee after 4 p.m.

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