The Pruitt-Igoe Myth [DVD] [2011]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Bonus Film: "More Than One Thing" (Dir. Steve Carver; 30 min; 1969)
  • Director's Commentary by Chad Freidrichs
  • Additional Interviews
  • Pruitt-Igoe Site Tour

Synopsis

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History
Filmmaker Chad Freidrichs attempts to dispel the myths surrounding St. Louis' Pruitt-Igoe housing project by examining the rise and fall of the once-promising development within a historical context. Constructed in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe offered people who once lived in poverty the change to enjoy modern living in a convenient urban setting. But by the late 1960s Pruitt-Igoe was overrun with crime, and the following decade it was demolished. As a result, Pruitt-Igoe is often cited as an example of both failed Modern Architecture and public planning. By looking a bit deeper and examining the circumstances surrounding the fall of Pruitt-Igoe, however, Freidrichs posits that those who perpetuate these arguments may be missing some crucial components of the big picture. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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