By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The “Made In America” festival, once again featuring rapper Jay-Z, is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend.READ MORE: Thousands Protest Outside Philadelphia City Hall After Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
Last year’s two-day “Made in America” festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway drew thousands, and according to city officials provided a big boost to the local economy with hotel and restaurant bookings.
City representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell spoke of it Monday at a City Council hearing.
“This successful, new, big event resulted in a minimum of ten million dollars in economic impact to the city’s economy, at a time when the City of Philadelphia wasn’t even on the (national) radars for Labor Day weekend,” she said.
Jay-Z is returning for a second year, on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st.
Other acts are to be announced this Wednesday, and it will , like last year, be a ticketed event.READ MORE: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Allowing States To Ban Abortion
At the hearing, held before the return of the event was officially confirmed, City Council president Darrell Clarke asked Peterkin-Bell about damage to a ballfield that adjoins the parkway, and whether another “Made in America” would ensure the field would be preserved.
(Clarke:) “Do you anticipate any activity on that field?”
(Peterkin-Bell:) “As of right now I do not have any site plans. I don’t anticipate there would be major disruption on that field.”
And councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee asked Peterkin-Bell about the noise level that “Made in America” brought to residents nearby.
“The sound, if you lived within a couple of blocks there, it was literally shaking windows,” Greenlee said. “So again, that’s probably a difficult thing to control. But I know people who live very close were very concerned about that. And I was in a couple of the houses, and they had a legitimate concern.”MORE NEWS: Roe v. Wade Overturned: Officials In Philadelphia Region React To Supreme Court Ruling Allowing States To Ban Abortion