Rental market pushes Pittsburgh ‘tech talent’ rise

Parts of their wrecked rental van were found this week in the Haast River, about 80 meters (260 feet) below the road. Police believe they either drove over a cliff inadvertently or were swept off by a landslide. Inspector John Canning said the chances they survived are extremely remote. The pair had been touring the country and Lam was due to start work Monday as an imaging specialist at Nelson Hospital. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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Living Goddess Kumari is carried to be worshipped on her chariot during the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu September 18, 2013. The annual festival, named after Indra, the god of rain and heaven, is celebrated by worshipping, rejoicing, singing, dancing and feasting in Kathmandu Valley to mark the end of monsoon season. Indra, the living goddess Kumari and other deities are worshipped during the festival. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

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Northgate van rental returns to growth

Ackerman calls “shovel-ready sites.” Cities such as San Jose, Calif., and Seattle, both of which were named as top five tech markets in the report, feature scores of wide, flat parcels of land that are prime spaces for office parks or multilevel buildings. In Pittsburgh, where working around the slope of a hillside is an expected part of development, as is working around legal obstacles that vary between municipalities, construction isn’t always as simple as obtaining a building permit. Despite the challenges, Mr. Ackerman said the wealth of tech talent coming from the region’s universities combined with efforts to build up-and-coming neighborhoods into tech hubs will be a major attraction for developers in the next few years. He said the city should expect to see more mixed-use and rehabilitated developments along the lines of Larimer’s Bakery Square, which features Google’s Pittsburgh headquarters and amateur prototyping and manufacturing space TechShop Pittsburgh. William Generett, executive director of the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone, called the CBRE report very exciting news.
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