i watched the pruitt-igoe myth the other night and i loved it so much.
i’m glad somebody finally stood up for beautiful brick and concrete high rises
i’m glad that there’s a popular movie that disabuses people of the fucking horseshit notion that problems with public housing in the US can be explained entirely by formal factors, rather than, like, racism, drastic economic changes, government support for suburban expansion and white working class mobility outstripping spending on the construction and maintenance by a factor of ten to one (and that’s a generous estimate), etc.
jane jacobs was a racist shit face who played into conservative, white fears of deviance in order to pitch market solutions to a housing shortage that was a result of market forces in the first place. just because she opposed robert moses and prevented him from doing some truly monstrous things doesn’t mean that she was any good at all, and the material upshot of her influence has been just as terrible as his.
Yes. SUCH a good movie.