Pruitt Igoe Today

This afternoon I gave a tour of the Pruitt-Igoe site to a group of bicyclists en route to see The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. Myth meets reality, big time, on the 33 wooded vacant acres of the site. Here are few scenes. – M.R.A.

Walking the former Dickson Street.

Many participants likened the site to familiar state parks around the area.

Looking north at the site from the Gateway schools complex.

The Gateway schools' garden.

The tour group poses in front of the Ameren substation on the site, built to serve the 33 housing towers of Pruitt-Igoe.

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  • I wonder if there’s any possibility of turning the site into a nature preserve / park? Who owns the land? City? State? Feds?

  • Anonymous

    Andy, the site is owned by the city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority. So essentially it’s city-owned.

  • Aaron

    Who was the bicycle group? I would have liked to come on this tour!