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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

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Release Date: January 20, 2012Running Time: 83 mins.
MPAA Rating: NoneBox Office: $44,683.00
Genre: Documentary, Historical, Political

Jason Henry
Chad Freidrichs
Chad Freidrichs
Jaime Freidrichs

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When the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis was infamously imploded, it became a symbol of how the United States has failed to deal with its urban poor. Pruitt-Igoe was born from good intentions, and initially, it was well-maintained, offering a sign of hope. But when the economy took a turn for the worse and legislators' noble intentions drifted away, the complex was allowed to sink into abject decline, becoming lawless and, for the residents who remained, often terrifying. Here, we explore the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of public housing in America, while tracing the personal narratives of several of the project's residents.