The Pruitt Igoe Myth

Dir. Chad Friedrichs (2011) Freidrichs’s indispensable cine-essay explores the history of the St. Louis public-housing project of the title, which opened in the mid-1950s only to be demolished 20 years later. Many took Pruitt-Igoe’s razing as incontrovertible proof that public-housing could never work; Freidrichs thoroughly examines the complex forces—racial, social, economic—behind the buildings’ destruction.
Mon., June 11, 6:50 p.m., 2012

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