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Festival Pier project will help transform Philly waterfront

The redevelopment of Festival Pier begins in earnest this morning with a groundbreaking on the Delaware River waterfront.

  • Decades in the works, the project will transform the site — which once hosted an incinerator and is most recently known for concerts, including the Roots Picnic — into a massive mixed-use development.

Plans call for 470 multi-family housing units, 50k square feet of commercial space, and a public plaza and park. Check out renderings of what’s coming.

Rendering of the mixed-use development planned for Festival Pier Credit: Katherine Liss via PHDC

‘Elf on the Shelf,’ but make it Philadelphia

You’ve heard of the Elf on the Shelf. Or maybe you haven’t?

  • The toy is a holiday tradition in some homes (not those where parents find it a creepy representation of the surveillance state) but on the internet it’s become a popular rhyming meme.

Billy Penn decided to get in on the game with nine rhymes featuring Philly places and personalities. Check out the photoshopped memes here.

Credit: Photo illustration: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

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Weekly brief on gun violence prevention (with PCGVR)

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

By the numbers in Philadelphia

  • 33: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 25 the week prior. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 2,209: Shooting victims this year, even with last year’s pace. [PCGVR]
  • 488: Year-to-date homicides, 8% down from last year’s pace; up 63% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]

MAYOR WATCH: Dec. 14, 2022

Mayor Kenney joins officials and developers at the groundbreaking for Festival Pier (11:30 a.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

? Tomorrow: BP Quizzo! Join us at Padelphia, just over City Line Avenue across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, free drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)

? Part dance, part improv, part fabric exhibition, Adam Kerbel’s show called “Motion Sickness” at the Christ Church Neighborhood Theater invites audience participation via movement and music. Tickets are $5. (Friday-Sunday, Dec. 16-18)

? Find clothing, records, crafts, art, and “old punk junk” at the holiday edition of the Punk Rock Flea Market at the 23rd Street Armory. $10 tix are good for entry both days. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18)