Despite Jay-Z and Nas’ consistent shout-outs to the projects, those who haven’t counted low-income, densely populated high-rises as home probably don’t have an accurate idea of what they’re like or why they exist.
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Category: Art Galleries
Region: Central Phoenix
Smash cut to 1950s St. Louis, when slums and segregation loomed large and the recently-passed Housing Act of 1949 put federal mandates on inner city housing in hopes of improving quality of life and sparking urban renewal. Documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores this transitional period that resulted in mass suburbanization, while focusing on the conception, and ultimate implosion, of one particular 33-building public housing complex: Pruitt-Igoe.