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 (

August 5, 2019

It's Time for Suburbs to Talk About Race

They face a growing list of challenges as they diversify.
June 6, 2019

Why Orlando Is a Teenager in the Life Cycle of Cities

Older metros don’t grow the same way younger ones do. Why don’t we acknowledge that?
April 9, 2019

The Green New Deal Overlooks Cities’ Role

Climate change discussions must not ignore the impacts that local governments and extreme weather have on one another.
February 5, 2019

The Rent Is Too Damn Low

America's housing crisis is about more than high prices.
December 21, 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.