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This article examines the Plan of Chicago as a rhetorical text that helped to shape discourse about citizenship with the goal of promoting a vision of civic betterment.

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The article highlight how urban planning documents act as rhetorical texts and extends the study of representative anecdotes.


The tension between real and imagined city is structured into our narratives of urban planning. From its inception, planning has been linked to a vision of public betterment grounded in a modernist vision of the built environment. In this essay, we consider the language of planning and how those ideas inspired action across the urban community.

Dr Julian C Chambliss
Michigan State University

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This page is a summary of: The 1909Plan of Chicagoas Representative Anecdote: Constituting New Citizens for the Commercial American City, Rhetoric Review, March 2016, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/07350198.2016.1142809.
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