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22 September 2009

Must be the ample blow

I was wondering how long it'd take for the Piazza in Northern Liberties to land a puff piece to more than make up for all the bad publicity surrounding that lil "cocaine-related double-execution" thing in June.

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With today's "The Piazza at Schmidts: Rome by the Delaware," um, article in the Inquirer ...

Since the Piazza at Schmidts opened in May, the 80,000-square-foot plaza has "become a real neighborhood," said Avery Amaya, who moved here from Old City last year with his wife, Cheryl, and their bulldog, Nyla. "Everybody's just gathering. For something that was absolutely manufactured in what seems overnight, they did a really good job."
The first time is a shock to everyone. You park in a big, free gravel lot on the edge of some gritty North Philadelphia streets, follow a walkway between new high-rises, and find yourself in the midst of a European oasis.
"It's a fresh breath of air," said Marisa Schaffer, a 27-year-old architect from Queen Village. "It's just like the Piazza Navona. The only thing missing is the fountain."
Actually, there is one, on the north side behind a bed of zinnias.

... the answer became clear: two months and 26 days.
And you said objective newsgathering and/or refusing to cave to heat from big developer/advertisers was dead.
Zinnias for everyone!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Just, wow.
Also, it annoys me that the rich girl, I mean, 27-year-old architect from Queen's Village, says "fresh breath of air" (as in mentos, I guess?) as opposed to "breath of fresh air."
Whatever, for serious.

12:16 PM  

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