For most of the past two weeks I visited in Washington D.C., primarily to see family and friends, but also as a simple reconnaissance of the current status. Apart from Saturday night mayhem after the bars closed, I saw and heard no riots. Most of the tourists appeared to be from the nearby suburbs and other mid-Atlantic locations. Beggars, street lunatics, consultants, and lobbyists abounded.
Except for taxi fares, prices were quite high. Private businesses of which there are still a few, were staffed almost entirely by middle easterners and central Europeans except in the lower echelons. At the public interface level, institutions seemed nearly entirely staffed by Afro-Americans whose speech was nearly unintelligible to me.