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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth2011

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THE PRUITT-IGOE tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble, its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called the death of modernism. The footage and images of its implosion have helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe's creation. To re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma. To implode the myth.

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This is a film that everyone should watch. It showcases the harsh realities for post war American cities and most importantly, shows how segregation still exists in 'the most powerful and successful' country in the world.

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This is a film that everyone should watch. It showcases the harsh realities for post war American cities and most importantly, shows how segregation still exists in 'the most powerful and successful' country in the world.

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Should be shown in every High School government or social studies class as a major American story and part of our history.

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i was there during that time. Had friends in Pruitt-Igoe. It was scary to go there. Living there during that time started me on the road to working for civil rights which I still do. Great film.

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"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" has a variety of interesting aspects to explore. From the history of urban movements to the way government officials think of ways to house the poor to racial relations and fighting for equality, this situation had it all. I found this story to have all of this, and the sadness of all of these issues wrapped into a single story makes "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" compelling and moving.

A terrific look at the sociopolitical dynamics of mid 20th century public housing.

Good documentary

Awesome!!!!

Very informative and worth the watch.

sad and enlightening film.