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Snob Zones

Snob Zones by Lisa Prevost
Jul 14, 2015 | 206 Pages
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    Jul 14, 2015 | 206 Pages

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    May 07, 2013 | 208 Pages

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“Lisa Prevost masterfully chronicles how suburban and rural communities raise land-use drawbridges to exclude not just racial minorities and the poor but also middle-class families and the young. The cost of such exclusion is huge, and Prevost makes a powerful case for greater inclusion to strengthen local economies and community vitality.” —Chuck Collins, author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It
“In Snob Zones, Lisa Prevost elegantly reveals the senselessness of NIMBYism, and the myriad ways in which affluent communities, in the name of self-interest, harm themselves and American society. A must-read for people who give a damn and want to gain insights on how we can do better, for ourselves and our children.” —Sheryll Cashin, author of The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream
“From the exploits of savvy gadfly developers upending ritzy Connecticut suburbs with plans for high-density housing scattered amid posh colonial houses to an aging New Hampshire town struggling with deep-rooted prejudices, Prevost charts a national problem on a local level. . . . [H]ousing policy analysts and populists will nod in assent to her well-drawn critiques of the ‘fortress mentality’ that makes local restrictions understandable from within and unconscionable from without.” —Publishers Weekly

“Prevost nicely connects the overarching trend of an ever more expensive housing market with a series of profiles of New England towns determined to bar all but the most costly single-family homes.” —Boston Real Estate Now

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents


Chapter 1: ConnecticutRural Character for the Rich: Roxbury, Connecticut
Chapter 2: Dread of Density: Easton, Massachusetts
Chapter 3: Pride and Prejudice: Milbridge, Maine
Chapter 4: Rhode IslandShifting Lines in the Sand: Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Chapter 5: Priority Population: Darien, Connecticut
Chapter 6: HampshireNo Town Is an Island: Ossipee, New Hampshire


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