I have no idea whether or not the Urban Land Institute's suggestions for Point Park University amount to sage advice. But I thought it was interesting that none of the related media accounts noted that former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy has been a senior resident fellow at ULI since last summer. That has no bearing on the proposal. But it's interesting to see how these people make the rounds.
In the meantime, it appears that urban academic centers are all the rage. Check out this proposal from Cleveland.