DG on the Blvd: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (July 20th)

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DG on the Blvd: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (July 20th)

July 20, 2017

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they were built, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the residents of the notorious Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis.


It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 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. At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries. Those left behind in the city faced a destitute, rapidly de-industrializing St. Louis , parceled out to downtown interests and increasingly segregated by class and race. The residents of Pruitt-Igoe were among the hardest hit. Their gripping stories of survival, adaptation, and success are at the emotional heart of the film.


*Panel discussion following Screening! Special guests include:

Barry Schultz, Land use, community development, and affordable housing attorney, Devaney Pate Morris & Cameron LLP

Randy Van Vleck, Active Transportation Manager, City Heights CDC

Richard Seges Vice President, Real Estate and Finance, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

Colin Parent, Policy Counsel at Circulate San Diego will moderate the panel




Runtime: 83 minutes

Rating: UR

Director: Chad Freidrichs

Country: USA

Languages: English



Thursday, July 20: 6:00


 This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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