Pruitt-Igoe Forest Timeline

Using historic imagery from GoogleEarth, this series of images explores the growth of the Pruitt-Igoe forest over time.

These images suggest that varying site conditions or maintenance regimes allowed trees to grow first at the fence, and to spread from west to east.  Study of the variety of plant species and communities not only suggests the range of conditions on the site, but a successional model for this urban site as well.  Early successional grasses and goldenrod are replaced by sumac, juniper and cottonwood; and eventually joined by species including elm, catalpa, and honey locust.

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