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January 27, 2013

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


"The Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis became most famous at the moment of its demise. The thirty-three high-rise towers built in the 1950s were supposed to solve the impending population crisis in inner city St. Louis. It was supposed to save the urban poor from the indignities of the downtown slums that lacked natural light, water and fresh air. And for a short while, it worked. It was a housing marvel."

99% Invisible podcast documentary at the link.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 27, 2013 10:28 AM