June 5th, 2011

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

I went to see The Pruitt-Igoe Myth yesterday at the Tivoli. The filmmakers were on hand to answer questions afterwards. A few people in the audience who had lived in the Pruitt-Igoe complex even shared some stories afterwards.

Pruitt-Igoe was an enormous public housing project built in Saint Louis in the 1950s and demolished in the 1970s. Public housing, welfare, and modernist architecture have all been blamed for Pruitt-Igoe's failure, but this film showed the reality was much more complicated than that. The film changed my mind about Pruitt-Igoe. I really recommend seeing this film if you can find it.