About Us

Inspired by YIMBY Toronto, the Buffalo Yes In My Back Yard Festival will bring together Block Clubs, neighborhood groups, grass roots organizations and interested individuals to get to know each other, share ideas and experiences, and develop skills and strategies that can improve the City of Buffalo, one block at a time. YIMBY promotes the role of community groups as an integral force for positive and sustainable change in the Buffalo-Niagara Region.

The Festival will be an opportunity for people to gather, spread the word about their work, and strengthen their networks. It’s a chance to celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities in an atmosphere focused on listening, learning and engaging. YIMBY provides an opportunity for neighbors to meet neighbors, residents to meet policy makers and policy makers to meet community groups in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.

The theme of YIMBY 2017 is Buffalo Block-by-Block, acknowledging the geographic and socioeconomic divides in the Buffalo-Niagara Region, and in response, highlighting some of the amazing work people are doing to address these divisions and embrace unity.