Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is touting new measures to increase security for public housing residents in East St. Louis. The federally-funded plan includes installing cameras at six high-rise properties and hiring a new security coordinator.
"We're going to be putting up lighting and fencing," Durbin said. "We're going to move forward to try to make sure the almost 4,500 residents of public housing in East St. Louis have a safer place to live."
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.