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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.

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.

Thu., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., 2011
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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