Friday, March 29, 2013

EVENT: Film at UU Church

Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
2672 E. Alluvial Avenue (between Chestnut and Willow)
Fresno, CA 93720
Admission Free.  Wheelchair Accessible.
Please join us tomorrow night for "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth:  An Urban History," last film in the Winter Film Series.  It chronicles the rise, and literal fall, of Pruitt-Igoe in St. Louis, MO, America's poster-child for failed public housing projects, and the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II.  At the film's center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s which prompted the process of mass urbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses and industries, leaving behind the poor - segregated by class and race.
The Pruitt-Igoe experiment began as a housing marvel.  Two decades later it ended in rubble.  But what happened to those caught in between?  Their gripping stories of survival, adaptation and success are at the emotional heart of the film.  Punitive public welfare policies and frustrating interactions with a paternalistic and cash-strapped Housing Authority helped to create a downward spiral of vacancy, vandalism, and crime.  But, it also led to resident protest and action, such as the 1969 Rent Strike, the first in the history of public housing.  The failure of Pruitt-Igoe has been used to attack public assistance programs and stigmatize public housing residents.  This documentary seeks to set the historical record straight, examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe's creation, re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma, and to implode the myth.
We hope you will join us tomorrow night (for cookies) and a discussion of, and comparison to, our own so-called downtown Fresno revitalization. 
Glenda and David Roberts (559-291-1590)
Social Justice Coordinating Committee
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno

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