chapter  28
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Let People Move!

The New Planning Paradigm of ‘Shared Spaces’
ByEnza Lissandrello

The main argument is to highlight the power of stories, both as method and representation. As mobilities and planning researchers we do not seem to fully connect the research practice with storytelling, academic writing, or representation. But due to the more poetic, fabulous (from ‘fable’), and narrative language, stories can ‘voice’ humans’ shambles of ambiguousness, delightfulness, and quirkiness. These kinds of stories are not about moving readers to tears, or about navel-gazing, but to demonstrate that those who ‘write culture’ suggest how ‘reality’ could be different, and this in itself can endorse a mobilization of the sociological imagination. This knowledge can help us understand the assembly and mobilities of modern urban environments and societies.