The the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announced last week that it will put the Lincoln Theatre up for lease this January. Potential operators interested in leasing the theaer must submit letters by January 18.
The historic U Street theatre, 1215 U Street NW, has struggled to maintain an owner and turn a profit for some time. The Comission on the Arts and Humanities took over the theatre last January after the city ended its contract with the U Street Theatre Foundation.
This past July, Mayor Gray announced that the city was seeking a new operator for the Lincoln Theatre, but the Washington Business Journal reports that the RFP, released in August, did not generate any quality proposals.
Now, instead of leasing the Lincoln to an operator, the government will lease the Lincoln to a commercial entity or nonprofit for a period of five to 10 years, with one five-year option, the Washington Business Journal reports.
From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.
The Washington Business Journal reports that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is putting wireless companies to shame for a greedy practice impacting the safety of DC citizens. (See Lanier Joins Effort to Stem Smartphone Thefts; Tech Component Vital from February 16.)
By refusing to use technology that permanently deactivates a stolen smartphone, the industry puts profit over safety, Lanier said. The Police Chief explained how this practice, a source of revenue for wireless carriers, gives thieves continued incentive to steal smartphones.
Lanier’s comments, given Tuesday on NBC’s Today Show, come amidst a spike in smartphone robberies in the District and a Police initiative to combat the trend.
According to Dcist, “Last week, D.C. police announced the arrest of 16 people associated with 13 businesses that were peddling the stolen phones.”