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CT Towns Featured in Book about Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate


A new book offers an exploration of the corrosive effects of overpriced housing, exclusionary zoning, and the flight of the younger population in the Northeast. Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate, by Lisa Prevost, examines the history of inclusionary zoning and its impact on housing prices and diversity of communities in the Northeast.

Prevost writes about the Connecticut towns of Roxbury and Darien for one third of the book, which also takes a look at Easton, Massachusetts; Watch Hill, Rhode Island; Milbridge, Maine; and Ossipee, New Hampshire. Prevost explores not just how these exclusionary zoning policies have been bad for the towns that utilize them, but how they have been detrimental to the area as a whole.

From the publisher:

“As anyone of moderate income who has wanted to buy a house or condo in the Northeast knows, young couples and families are increasingly being priced out of the market. And the housing crisis only drove up rents. As a result, young people are leaving the region entirely: six northeastern states now rank among the top ten nationally in age of their residents. In Snob Zones, Lisa Prevost argues that rising housing costs and a huge increase in restrictive zoning laws are undermining the very notion of community. Prevost illustrates this issue with eye-opening stories that illustrate the outrageous lengths to which towns will go to exclude the less affluent.”

Click here to read more about Snob Zones.   


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