Pruitt-Igoe

Northside Regeneration
4:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

McKee Announces Progress In North St. Louis But No Plans For Streets And Sidewalks

Developer Paul McKee outlines his plans for an urgent care hospital at 25th Street and Maiden Lane on Wednesday. He estimates the project will cost between $12-$15 million and will be financed privately.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

Developer Paul McKee unveiled plans Wednesday for an urgent care facility on the north side of St. Louis, but questions at the press event turned to the lack of infrastructure projects in McKee's massive, 1,500 acre redevelopment area.

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Army - Human Testing
4:13 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Army: Cold War Chemical Weapons Testing Posed No Risk to St. Louisans

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis, which has since been demolished, was one of the locations where chemical weapons testing was done by the US Army during the Cold War.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Updated at 6:14 a.m. Nov. 3 with statement from Sen. Claire McCaskill. 

A top Army official says that Cold War chemical weapons testing in St. Louis did not pose a health risk to residents in the test areas.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Army sprayed a chemical called zinc cadmium sulfide in low-income areas of St. Louis that were predominantly African American.

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Business
6:45 am
Tue June 12, 2012

St. Louis is not Detroit: Assessing urban development challenges in 2012

Richard Baron.
McCormack Baron Salazar
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Over the past four decades Richard Baron has made a name for himself as a pioneering developer of blighted urban neighborhoods.  Baron’s firm, McCormack Baron Salazar has completed scores of projects in St. Louis and across the Midwest.  As a native of Detroit, Mich., Baron came to Missouri in the late 1960s. 

St. Louis Public Radio’s Adam Allington sat down with Baron at a housing conference of the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he asked him to elaborate on some of the development challenges—and similarities—between Detroit and St. Louis.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe

Partially demolished Pruitt-Igoe (Daniel Magidson)

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.  For awhile it was—until it wasn’t.  The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.  Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?  That’s the subject of a new documentary film called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.   Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

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