The Week that Was for March 30-April 5

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Nice work if you can get it

Hospitals cut costs in 2013 by shedding jobs — the equivalent of 2,000 full-time positions, according to the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania. The regional report confirms a survey by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania that found hospitals statewide cut 3,900 jobs in the 12 months ending in February.

A real estate gem

The Clark Building is known by longtime Pittsburghers as home of the local jewelry trade, with many an engagement ring tracing its roots to the Downtown landmark. Now people can put down roots there, as Philadelphia developer PMC Property Group is turning the building on Liberty Avenue into a luxury apartment complex.

Art installation

Speaking of out-of-town developers, Chicago-based M&J Wilkow paid about $9.9 million for the building that houses the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The school has signed a lease to remain in the Downtown building for the next three years, but there are no guarantees after that. So the building eventually could house offices, a hotel or even — luxury apartments.

Right of way

Downtown's first dedicated bike lane could be a reality by the time the Pro Bike Pro Walk Pro Place conference arrives in the city Sept. 8. The protected lane would separate bicyclists and motorist by a physical barrier — in addition to the emotional one that already exists.

Quote of the Week

"We’ve got to do this for real.”

-- Bob Holobinko, vice president of brand management for American Eagle Outfitters, on how American Beagle Outfitters started out as an elaborate April Fool's joke and became a reality as social media clamored for the doggie clothing line.

Connecting flight

There is another way to get to the airport for those times that a friend comes up with an excuse not to take you. Ride-share car service Lyft is expanding its coverage area west as far as Pittsburgh International Airport.

Brian Hyslop can be reached at or 412-263-1936.



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