Monday, July 11, 2011

Legacy of Pruitt-Igoe

Check out the neighborhood (or what's left of it) just north of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe site in St. Louis:

Look at all that pretty green! Green is good, right? Right? Or so I've been conditioned. A park for one and all!

Certainly, the issues behind the decay are far deeper (economic and political) than what one experimental housing typology had on an entire area. But the idealism disconnected from reality and the experimentation and willingness to do so (particularly on the poor) and thereby clustering the poor into hopeless environments didn't exactly help either.