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In the early 1950s, Pruitt-Igoe, a vast public housing project, arose on 57 acres on the near north side of St. Louis. Barely 20 years after construction, the 33 eleven-story buildings that made up the complex were razed, and the vacant land that was once home to thousands of people was gradually reclaimed by a dense, neglected urban forest. What happened in-between is a story that tempts but also defies simple narratives. It is a story of interweaving and competing accounts, both then and now. This volume approaches Pruitt-Igoe with all of its contradiction in mind. Alongside iconic images, other seldom-seen photographs flesh out the history in sometimes surprising ways and, in doing so, preserve some of the stories that are in danger of being permanently erased and lost, just as Pruitt-Igoe was.

A St. Louis native, Bob Hansman is an associate professor and a faculty fellow of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. In the early 1990s, he founded—and still directs, with his son Jovan—City Faces and the Jermaine Lamond Roberts Memorial Studio, in the Clinton-Peabody public housing project. Locally, he has received a Rosa Parks Award and a Dred Scott Freedom Award for his work.



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Pruitt-Igoe (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467125826
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - July 17th, 2017


This collection of paintings was completed in the year 2017. Starting with "Magnolia Electric Co at the Red Sea" and ending with "J Mascis at The Way Out Club" (pictured), these pieces document late night performances in small venues of independent musicians and bands in the city of St. Louis, MO.

Dana Richard Smith is a painter working in acrylic, spray paint, gouache, oil and water colour. Originally from Jackson, MO, he has lived in the city of St. Louis for 20 years. For the last 12 years his paintings have focused exclusively on the musicians, artists and buildings that make St. Louis unique. Collections of his work are on display at The Old Rock House, The Royale Food & Spirits, KDHX's Squatters Cafe and Eat Sandwiches.

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