Every place tells a story. But, most don’t do it coherently or intentionally. The tricky thing about stories is that even if a city or a downtown doesn’t want to be telling one, it matters not, because they are telling a story anyway.
Here's what I love about this article -- it is connecting story to the physical environment.
As a folklorist, my specialty and PhD focused on architecture: how people built their buildings and created their environment that reflected their culture, values, creativity, etc. It was all about the story that the built environment was telling.
Even today I am constantly looking at the landscapes, city scapes, homes and offices to understand the story of that place. This is enormously helpful when I work at client sites because how their offices and the environments they create for themselves all tell a story about who they are and their view of the world.
So here is an article that talks about this and lays out a story framework for consciously understanding and creating environments that help tell a better story of place.
Enjoy the read and this unique perspective on storytelling.