Mayor Nutter may have signed a marijuana decriminalization bill in October, but Philly still has a long way to go to legalization. Part of that journey involves educating folks about the benefits of marijuana, and that’s being done in a series of events that just so happen to be lumped together here at the end of July—from educational forums to a big ol’ bash on Friday. We’ve rounded them up so you don’t miss a toke … I mean a beat.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation sent out notice in February that they were looking for expressions of interests regarding the redevelopment of the Festival Pier, an 11-acre site at Spring Garden Street and Columbus Boulevard. Today, it looks as though they’ve whittled down the field from eight companies to three, each will be required to incorporate a residential component into their plans.
Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the DRWC has “shortlisted” these three groups:
- Jefferson Apartment Group (McLean, Virginia) and Haverford Properties Inc. (Haverford, Pennsylvania)
- RAL Companies (New York)
- Toll Brothers (Horsham, Pennsylvania)
Kostelni reports that a “residential component will be the anchor” of the site and the DRWC “narrowed it down by considering experience and financial capacity to complete a large-scale, mixed-use project.” The development of Festival Pier is seen as a precursor of sorts to the process of redeveloping Penn’s Landing.
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The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and invite some of the best artists of all genres. Last year, The Roots were the backing band as Snoop Dogg ran through his hits. Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh showed up. It was great. Read more »
Now here’s an exciting update for developers looking for a piece of the Delaware waterfront: the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has put out a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for a parcel located at Spring Garden Street and Delaware Ave/Columbus Blvd. The space, known as the Festival Pier site, has already undergone predevelopment work.
According to the release, the property plays a significant role in the Central Delaware Master Plan as it’s “the second largest publicly-owned parcel on the waterfront” after Penn’s Landing. The Master Plan has previously pinpointed the site as “a location for a landmark, high-quality development” because of its potential to “extend the growth and vibrancy of the nearby neighborhoods” to the waterfront. The space is currently zoned CMX-3, or mixed-use residential.
The alcohol- and drug-induced mayhem that was Wired Fest was a huge hit — with music, booze and other clearly observable extra-curricular activities. Hosted by local hip-hop station Wired 96.5, thousands packed the Festival Pier Friday to see artists perform with the Delaware River as their backdrop. The show’s first big artist, Iggy Azalea, had the audience swaying to hits “Fancy” and “Work.” The Australian-born rapper was actually one of the strongest sets of the day, and the only artist who wasn’t behind a movie-theater-screen-sized DJ table.
I was 17 the first time I ever felt old at a concert. I went to the Rancid show at the Electric Factory with a friend from my freshman hall. It was so awkward. We saw so many kids. We hung in the back. Security stopped him from smoking a cigarette. The lead singer of opening act AFI was named “Davey Havok.” We felt so old. Is this what life would be like now? “This is definitely my last Rancid show,” my friend said as we walked back to the El. I agreed.
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You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
Groundswell Design Group’s track record (think last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden) has left us in anticipation about what they’ll do next. Fortunately, the landscape architecture firm has quite a few projects in store this year, not least of which includes another PHS pop-up (this time at Penn Plaza).