Winner of the Silver Award and Best First-Time Author Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (2014).
Snob Zones (Beacon Press, May 2013) strips away the quaint facades of desirable communities to reveal the uglier impulses behind their use and abuse of local control. This series of stories illustrates the outrageous lengths to which some town leaders and reactionary residents will go to keep out higher-density, lower-cost housing. The book links this exclusionary mindset to the pricing out of young families, sprawl, and other societal woes, and raises thought-provoking questions about what it means to be a community.
Listen to Lisa's interview on Marketplace.
Read: An excerpt concerning the tony town of Darien, Ct. on Salon.com.
Read: Hartford Courant's Q&A with Lisa:
"...What I found is that people tend to let their imaginations run wild when coming up with reasons why multifamily housing is a threat."
Read: SmartPlanet's review:
"…It's a story of plaintiffs versus defendants, visitors versus home teams, us versus them. It's A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park."
Read: Reason magazine's review:
"…as damning an indictment of zoning as any free marketeer could hope for."
Read: the Boston Globe Real Estate blog review:
"takes a deep look at some ugly prejudices and fears that are driving opposition in towns across the region to new housing of just about any kind."
"...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."
- Publishers Weekly
"…Though ordinances might seem a dry topic for a compelling book….[Prevost] makes the issue interesting on a number of levels…..Moves the argument well past simple “not in my backyard” sentiments…"
- Kirkus Reviews
"...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…."
- Chuck Collins, senior scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, and author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It
"...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