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Pete Saunders  |  Columnist

Email : psaunders1128@gmail.com Twitter : @petesaunders3

Pete Saunders is a writer and researcher whose work focuses on urbanism and public policy. He has been the editor and publisher of the Corner Side Yard, an urbanist blog, since 2012. A practicing urban planner, he serves as the community and economic development director for the Chicago suburb of Richton Park, Ill., and is the principal for PDS Consulting, an urban-planning consulting and research firm.

Outside of blogging, Saunders' writing has been published in traditional outlets such as Planning Magazine, the Chicago Reader, Crain's Chicago Business, the Detroit Free Press, The Guardian and Encyclopedia Britannica, and in internet outlets such as the Urbanophile, New Geography, Rust Wire, Planetizen and Huffington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in urban planning from Indiana University and a master's from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

How Can We Define Suburbia? Start With the Numbers.

We think we know it when we see it, but no one's come up with a perfect way to describe it in our complex metro landscape. A look at population data is a helpful place to begin.

November 18, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Moving the Essential Class into the Middle Class

It's not enough to be grateful to those who are helping us get through a tough time. We need policies that value the work they do and give them the opportunity to move up economically.

September 18, 2020
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Urban Notebook

It's Time for Suburbs to Talk About Race

They face a growing list of challenges as they diversify.

August 5, 2019
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Urban Notebook

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?

June 6, 2019
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Urban Notebook

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.

April 9, 2019
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Urban Notebook

The Rent Is Too Damn Low

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

February 5, 2019
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Urban Notebook

Big Cities Are Getting Richer, Leaving Suburbs Behind

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

December 21, 2018
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Urban Notebook

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

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

October 2, 2018
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