James A. Throgmorton. 2003. Planning Theory 2, 2: 125-151.
This article revisits my earlier (1996 and prior) claim that planning can be thought of as a form of persuasive storytelling about the future. It responds to three broad lines of critique, connects the claim to contemporary scholarship about ‘transnational urbanism’ and the “network society,” and revises my initial claim. This revision suggests that planners should tell future-oriented stories that help people imagine and create sustainable places. It further argues that, to be persuasive to a wide range of readers, planners’ stories will have to make narrative and physical space for diverse locally-grounded common urban narratives. It recognizes that powerful actors will strive to eliminate or marginalize competing stories.