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THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTHA case study of urban decay

THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH

Built as a model housing project, this bright beacon of innovation quickly deteriorated into a notorious St. Louis slum, and was eventually destroyed by the same government that had funded it. The film's director, former resident Chad Freidrichs—skeptical of explanations that blame the architect, the welfare state, and the residents themselves—delves into historical records, consults urban historians, and interviews former tenants to discover the real reasons this community failed. Grades 7 and up. Color. 83 minutes. First Run Features. ©2011.

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