The Urbanist Musings of Pete Saunders

The Blog Embiggens

Selfie at Millennium Park in Chicago.

In a bit of a departure, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what’s been happening with this blog in recent months.  First, if you haven’t seen these yet, there are three recent pieces that included yours truly, all within the last three weeks:

The above are all recent exhibits of the expanded exposure of the Corner Side Yard.  All in all, 2014 has been a good year for this blog, with this summer being particularly strong. Thanks to exposure through pieces like those listed above, and through links at places like the Urbanophile, Business Insider,  New Geography and others, monthly pageviews have tripled since January.  In fact, this past August concluded with the greatest number of pageviews — by a third — in this blog’s 2/ 1/2 year history.  Seven of the top ten most viewed posts here have come since March of this year, with four in August alone.  To me that’s mind-boggling, considering August is a month when most people are checking out with summer activities.  I owe that all to the people who have found me, followed me, challenged me and bettered me over the last several months.  
My thanks and gratitude goes out to all of you, and I hope to continue to provide the best quality commentary I can on the topics of great interest to me — and you.
Moving forward, I hope to establish a stronger link between the writing on this blog and the consulting work I do on behalf of municipalities and community organizations.  More and more of my research for blog posts finds that city neighborhoods and suburban municipalities are ill-prepared for the broader migration trends that impact them, and are often stuck implementing strategies that simply don’t work for them.  More and more, I’m finding that gentrification is the megatrend in large cities — defined as the accelerated migration of highly educated young adults into core cities — and while people are debating its merits and impact, we should be thinking of ways to harness its power.  We should be preparing communities for its appearance at their doorstep, and developing management strategies for communities that are currently dealing with it.  That, I believe, will make our cities stronger.
Thanks again, and look for more on this.

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