Thursday, October 27, 2011
Pruitt-Igoe was an enormous, modernist public-housing complex erected in St. Louis in the mid-1950s. Almost immediately after construction finished, the complex began to deteriorate. By the end of the 1960s, most experts agree that Pruitt–Igoe had devolved into a dangerous and crime-infested wasteland. Even its architect lamented: "I never thought people were that destructive."
In 1972, the complex was famously dynamited. Sam Jacobs recently took a field trip to see what remains of the area. Here's his report.