The largest most ambitious and failed project in City history may just have a rebirth in the Air. And that is not public housing for sure.
Pruitt Igoe was a Public Housing Project on the corner of Cass and Jefferson in North Saint Louis. When it opened in 1959 it was the true icon of modernist architecture. It was considered the city of the future. It was built to add more people to the growing life of the City which at the time there were speculations of the cities population reaching a million people. However, the Saint Louis housing authority greatly underestimated that total. Instead of reaching 900,000 people, the city reached about 850,000 people at its peak and from there the city fell into freefall. So did Pruitt Igoe. The icon began to fall with the other 3 modest sized public housing projects in the area.Vaughan Public Housing next door to Pruitt Igoe, Darst Webbe on Chouteau in the near South Side and Cochran Gardens in the Near North Side. All of the projects were wrecked and the modernist icon was greatly misunderstood. All that is left it the abandoned Pruitt School and Ameren Power Station built to serve the complex. Now the site is a urban forest waiting for redevelopment. Has that time come?
Rumors started swirling that the former site will become the new site for the National Geospace Intelligence Agencies Headquarters. This would be a big change to the area bring more security to the region. However this double billion dollar project has competion. The Northside Regeneration Project invisions something new. A mixed used Office, Residential, Retail, Park, and Restaurant district. It has been proposed and could be a major step to bring the area back to a place where people will want to go. No other information is available on the project at this time.