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Underground Docos @ NIBS: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

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With the Election coming up May 18, public housing is an imperative issue to discuss and explore.

Tix not essential.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is a 2011 documentary film detailing the history of the Pruitt–Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri, and the eventual decision to raze the entire complex in 1976.

Chad Freidrichs' The Pruitt-Igoe Myth has two goals:

One is to inform and enhance the ongoing debate over public housing and government welfare programs. The film uses Pruitt-Igoe as a lens through which a larger story about affordable housing and the changing American city can be viewed. It untangles the various arguments about what went wrong in Pruitt-Igoe and dispels the over-simplifications and stereotypes that turned Pruitt-Igoe into a symbol of failure.

Second, the film illustrates how conclusions are dangerously and erroneously drawn when powerful interests control debate.