Pruitt-Igoe

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Pruitt-Igoe was a large urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri conceived in the early 1950s, and it is an example of how politics and architecture merge together and using architecture to police the public. Pruitt-Igoe was first occupied in 1954, however, living conditions began to decline soon after all 33 buildings were completed in 1956. By the late 1960s, Pruitt-Igoe was internally infamous for its poverty, crime, and segregation. The project was triggered by a white flight, where middle-class, predominantly white, residents left the city and the vacant homes were occupied by low-income families. Black and white slums of the old city were segregated and explanding, threatening to engulf the city center. Pruitt-Igeo was suppose to be the solution, however, the density of people encourages crimes and segregation. It’s 33 buildings were town down in the mid-1970s and the project has become an icon of urban renewal and public-policy planning failure.

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