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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth — Screening and Discussion

Join North Brooklyn DSA for a screening and discussion of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, A documentary about politics, public housing, and modernist architecture.

After the movie, we’ll have a short presentation by housing activist Karen Narefsky followed by a group discussion. Pizza will be served.

Karen is part of the Central Brooklyn branch of NYC-DSA and is active in the Brooklyn housing working group. Outside of DSA, she has years of experience as a tenant and community organizer, and a longstanding interest in public housing.

More about the film:

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between?

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.

The world-famous image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents.


The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation. To re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma. To implode the myth.

The space has a flight of stairs.