My students in planning theory will probably wonder at this, but yes, their old teacher took planning theory (multiple times; once as a master’s student, and multiple times as a PhD student. I went to UCLA for my PhD, where we did things like take planning theory).
Jim is blogging on WordPress on Storytelling and Cities. Go take a look.
Jim’s work over the years has focused on planning as storytelling about the city. Here is a link to his book, Planning as Persuasive Storytelling. . It looks as though his blog continues on these themes.
There were a number of scholars at the University of Iowa who were interested in the rhetoric of the social sciences, including my undergraduate advisor, Deirdre McCloskey, who wrote a very nice book on the rhetoric of economics.