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Monday, July 30, 2012

Pruitt-Igoe Getting Second Life with Tours, Creative Projects

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2. Pruitt-Igoe almost turned into a state penitentiary. Irony: 1, Missouri: 0.

After Pruitt-Igoe closed its doors, the state briefly considered converting several of the remaining towers into midsize, low-security prisons. Luckily someone on the state's Pruitt-Igoe Taskforce thought better of it, and the plan was quashed by 1973.

Even the Romney men like blowing $h!t up.
  • Even the Romney men like blowing $h!t up.
1. George Romney gave the final order to tear Pruitt-Igoe down

In May 1971, George Romney, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and father of presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, toured the Pruitt Igoe site. Only 600 of 10,000 possible tenants remained at that point and 16 of the 33 buildings had been boarded up and abandoned. It was a quick tour. The next year, Romney Sr. gave the final order to tear the buildings down and start over. Needless to say, those "start over" plans never quite materialized.

According to Allen, somewhere out there is a recording of Romney speaking to President Richard Nixon about the defects of Pruitt-Igoe. If any of you tech-savvy Nixon dorks can find that tape on the Internets, we'll post it and send a virtual tip of the hat your way.

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