Sept 20–23, 2018 — Boston, MA

Hosted by a coalition of Boston-area YIMBY groups

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YIMBYtown is a three-day gathering for grassroots community organizers, political leaders, educators, and everyday people to identify problems, create solutions, share resources on the issues that impact housing on local, state, and national levels.
Boston YIMBYtown’s goal is to establish a model of organizing that builds bridges to new allies, promotes racial diversity and equity, and wins housing campaigns.

YIMBYtown is a great place to meet others from across the continent and across the sea.

Last year’s guests included reps from the following groups:

  • A Better Cambridge — Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Abundant Housing LA — Los Angeles, California
  • Abundant Housing Vancouver — Vancouver, British Columbia
  • AURA — Austin, Texas
  • House Sacramento — Sacramento, California
  • Livable Newton — Newton, Massachusetts
  • London YIMBY — London, England
  • Open New York — New York, New York
  • MSPyimby — Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Portlanders for Parking Reform — Portland, Oregon
  • Portland for Everyone — Portland, Oregon
  • Santa Cruz YIMBY — Santa Cruz, California
  • Seattle for Everyone — Seattle, Washington
  • SF YIMBY — San Francisco, California
  • Sightline Institute — Seattle, Washington

Keynote Speakers

Kristen Jeffers

Kristen Jeffers

Urban Planner & Advocate

Kristen E. Jeffers is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Urbanist, author of A Black Urbanist (second edition forthcoming), creator of the public speaking course “Plan to Speak”, and ½ of the podcast Third Wave Urbanism, as well as a freelance writer, urban planner and advocate. She holds a Master of Public Affairs focused on community and economic development from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina State University.

She has presented at the annual Congress for New Urbanism on civic pride, cultural diversity, and the power of grassroots in communities. In addition, she participated on a panel at the 2012 UNC Global American South conference on the reverse migration of African Americans, and at the 2016 Pro Bike, Pro Walk, Pro Place conference on resilience. She has presented keynotes at CityWorksXpo 2016 and APA Virginia 2014, as well as a live podcast at NACTO Designing Cities 2017. She is a Streetsblog Network member and featured contributor to Sustainable Cities Collective. She has also contributed articles to CityLabGreater Greater Washington, [Greensboro] News & RecordYes! WeeklyGristNext CityBetter! Towns and Cities, Triad City Beat,  Urban Escapee and Urbanful.

Ed Glaeser

Ed Glaeser

Economics Professor & Researcher

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. His books include Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (Oxford University Press, 2008), Rethinking Federal Housing Policy (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2008), and Triumph of the City (Penguin Press, 2011).

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