Pete Saunders researches and writes about cities, specifically economic and social trends and their impact on how we live. He is an urban planner with more than 20 years of public, private and nonprofit experience in communities across the country, with a particular focus on America’s Rust Belt region. He received a bachelor’s in urban planning from Indiana University and a master’s from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, Saunders is a consultant and blogger whose analysis and opinion has appeared in Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press and Huffington Post, among others. His home base is the Corner Side Yard (

December 1, 2018

Big Cities Are Getting Richer, Leaving Suburbs Behind

It’s a massive shift in the dynamic between outlying communities and urban cores.
October 2, 2018

Crime or Not, Chicago Still Serves as a Model of Urban Growth

There's a lot to learn from the Windy City.