A complex look at a complex subject, but easily accessible through the range of social experts and former residents of Pruitt-Igoe, as well as pictures and video from the period. This documentary goes beyond the idea of assessing blame to explore the many ways that system failures combined to first create Pruitt-Igoe and then destroy it.
- What impact has redlining and segregation had on creating "bad" neighborhoods?
- How does the neighborhood one grows up in impact life chances? How might it cause internalized bias?
- Explore the diverse reactions former residents had to their neighborhood - some loved it, some hated it, some feared it.
- Do we as a society have social obligations to relieve extreme poverty? Can we ever attribute blame for poverty?
- Apply broken windows theory , labeling theory , and/or Merton's theory of deviance to this situation. Is any theory fully explicative?
Documentary website here
Running time: 83 minutes
Streaming on Netflix: Yes