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1. Piazza at Schmidts

Philadelphia

Over a decade ago, developer Bart Blatstein returned home from Rome with the goal of building his own piazza. It was hard to tell what he meant: Northern Liberties, the Philadelphia neighbourhood where he had been buying up properties, had charming streets and abandoned factories perfect for condos but little Roman character. Last year, Blatstein unveiled the result: the Piazza at Schmidts, on the site of a famous but now defunct brewery, with apartments and offices ringing a 7,500 sq m open-air plaza encircled by…

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