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Demolition in The Wire

For anyone else who hadn’t seen The Wire (I’m now hooked!), the clip here shows clear similarities to Pruitt-Igoe’s fate.

Set only a few years ago in Baltimore, the series shows that problems of modernist idealism were not limited to a specific location or time. In the clip characters who lived in Franklin Terrace discuss what the demolition of the towers mean to them – a sentimental loss of his home vs. the functional and economical shift of the drugs trade. The mayors words on diligent reform (which no doubt echoes the opening speech from when the towers first went up) are implied to be empty as the lever he presses is fake, used as a signal to the construction workers in charge of the real detonator.

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