Brookings Institution: "Innovation districts—even those with the natural density and capacity of Oakland—are not islands. The value of an innovation district is defined by the interplay between district anchors, firms, and startups and job creation in the region. Therefore, the innovation assets adjacent to a district’s borders are just as important as the institutions within the district. To the northeast of Oakland is Chatham University and Bakery Square, home to Google and Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories and UPMC Enterprises. To the northwest is Lawrenceville, anchored by CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and perhaps the fastest-growing cluster of robotics startups in the country."
Oakland Task Force: "Oakland universities have picked up on the role of transit in maintaining a competitive advantage among urban campuses. There is a growing trend throughout the nation of urban university centers providing a higher level of transit service for its students and faculty as a means of better integrating urban campuses and their activities with the larger urban area."
Peduto for Mayor: "Just as this line was critical to the rise of Pittsburgh’s industrial age, it is now the lynchpin in a transit-oriented development plan for our new economy. Oakland is a job creator, and it needs the help of this line to allow those jobs to expand to neighborhoods that have not seen growth in a long time. This line does just that, and it does even more."
Post-Gazette: "Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. filed a lawsuit Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in an effort to block the Buncher Co. from moving ahead with the proposed residential and office development, claiming the plan violates a 1981 deed covenant involving the terminal building. In the lawsuit, the railroad said the covenant required the URA, which was purchasing the terminal, to use its "best efforts" to continue to provide space for produce wholesalers or "some other rail-oriented use" in the Strip landmark".