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Old 01-21-2011, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by STLCardsBlues1989 View Post
Here's a video trailer for a new documentary called "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History"


It sounds pretty interesting.

Here's the documentary's website
[URL="http://www.pruitt-igoe.com/the-pruitt-igoe-myth/"]the Pruitt-Igoe Myth « The Pruitt-Igoe Myth[/URL]

I thought you guys might want to watch the trailer and then the documentary when it is finished.

[URL="http://preservationresearch.com/2011/01/coming-soon-the-pruitt-igoe-myth/"]Coming Soon: “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” | Preservation Research Office[/URL]
Thanks so much for this link. This is indeed an important film for the study of cities, and I hope I can see it. It was interesting that the website indicated that St. Louis was on the forefront of post-war urban deline. I can see it as a quintessential example. Many other cities experienced it too, of course, but I sure saw it happen right before our very eyes in St. Louis. I was born and raised there, and I am saddened that its revival has been so slow and haphazard.

Yet I sure didn't help -- I am one who left St. Louis!

I was recently studying up on the Cabrini Green situation also. I am aware of the new healthy urban housing that is replacing that, but I don't know yet what happened post-Pruitt-Igoe.


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Old 01-23-2011, 10:37 AM
Location: Miami
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I studied this housing project as well as the destruction of historical neighborhoods in STL similar in architecture to Soulard - but much larger.

STL was losing tax base, and so planning large scale "renewal" projects was a way for politicians and business leaders to enrich themselves by taking money from the federal government and funneling that into businesses that would benefit from the "renewal" by proposing these huge projects.
Many white folks benefited financially from these projects - from the construction companies to the banks, etc.

The federal government was willing to finance as long as STL could prove the neighborhoods being demolished were blighted - which they did dubiously due to the corrupt and racist system that existed. The displaced residents were essentially powerless. Today, the same neighborhoods would have been saved and restored, much like Lafayette Square, Soulard, etc. In fact, even in the 1970s, planners in STL were starting to realize that renovation/restoration was a better alternative.

Believe it or not, many planners in the 60s advocated destruction of the Central West End, but tide ended up turning against them, and restoration won out. Luckily.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:00 PM
Location: Chicago
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I just finished the Pruitt-Igoe Myth documentary film. All I can say right now is "wow." There are so many angles and topics to be discussed on the film and the history it covers. Both for the St. Louis region, but also nationally as the same patterns can be extrapolated to many other cities in the US. I'm still processing this film and may jump in here and pontificate later, but right now just wanting to bump the thread to read what people themselves have heard/discussed/experienced about either Pruitt-Igoe's history or the ramifications it has had (and continues to have) on a region.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:24 PM
Location: Fairview Heights, Hellinois
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Just to let you all know, The Puitt-Igoe Myth film is availible on netflix.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:10 PM
Location: West Loop, Chicago, IL
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Just saw it a couple months ago. Even though a lot of the footage is accessible at the Missouri History Museum on on YouTube, the context in which it's put in is extremely powerful. The stories in the bonus features are quite useful too, interviews with several people who apparently didn't make the cut for the feature film. Also, haunting score.
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