FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

On the sabotage of the American dream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 3, 2012
3.5 3.5 Stars



The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is the story of how that federally subsidized dream was sabotaged, and how America abandoned its most vulnerable citizens in modern tenements and stacked the deck against them (most egregiously, able-bodied men were not permitted to live with their families in the housing complex). Like other massive housing efforts, Pruitt-Igoe was sold on its nice, clean newness — 33 11-story post-war monstrosities with a beautiful river view. Then came the nightmare of "urban renewal," complete with middle-class exodus and a devastating lack of employment. Director Chad Freidrichs presents his doc like a horror pic. People move in and celebrate, only to endure a living hell until the St. Louis Housing Authority demolishes the eyesore in the mid-'70s. The approach works: Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around.

  Topics: Reviews , Boston, new, demolished,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY CHRIS FARAONE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   THE TRIALS OF NADIA NAFFE  |  March 04, 2013
    Young, attractive, ambitious, conservative, and black, Nadia Naffe should have been a right-wing operative’s dream.
  •   HIP-HOP TRIVIA GROWS UP  |  February 26, 2013
    In their fourth year of operation, the Hip-Hop Trivia squad is finally taking the night (somewhat) seriously.
  •   OCCUPY DENIED DAY IN COURT  |  February 22, 2013
    It took more than a year for Suffolk County prosecutors to come to their senses.
  •   CZARFACE SOARS ABOVE THE CLOUDS  |  February 11, 2013
    This week 7LES and Inspectah Deck drop Czarface , a full-length work of adventurous genius revolving around a metal-clad protagonist who feeds on destruction.
  •   THE BPD ADDS INSULT TO INJURY  |  February 05, 2013
    At times, this kind of decision makes you wonder whether the BPD is saving its best awards for officers who've been involved in the death of civilians.

 See all articles by: CHRIS FARAONE