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Film Screening: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


The Dana Room

John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark campus


Upon its completion in 1955, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis fulfilled a key promise of postwar prosperity: that America could house even its poorest citizens. Less than twenty years later, the federal Department of Housing demolished the project, a practice that has since spread throughout the country, including Newark. Politicians, housing experts, and historians have argued over the reasons for this rapid decline ever since. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the history of this all-important housing project and of the debates surrounding it, giving special attention to the views of former residents.  

The screening will be followed by comments from Karen Torian of the Newark Housing Authority.


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