Yes! In My Back Yard- Happy Valley

Exploring creative housing solutions for a healthy, happy neighborhood.

Join the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association and Sustainable Connections for a weekend full of ideas to explore how we can provide accessible, affordable housing and have a happy neighborhood.

Yes! In my Back Yard- Happy Valley aims to start a community conversation about the need for expanding housing choices for people of all incomes and planning for growth in a way that improves everybody’s quality of life. More people now than ever are looking to live in walkable neighborhoods, near jobs, transit and services. Demands on the housing market are increasingly making these places inaccessible for many. During these events we will explore how we can provide accessible, affordable housing and have a vibrant, happy neighborhood. Thank you to the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Project Neighborly for their support and funding, this project wouldn’t have happened without it!

Friday: Catalyzing Community Connections Movie Night
7-10pm, free

Debut of The Happy Valley, Happy Neighborhood Short Film
and A Man Called Ove.

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

The life-shaping power of urban design isn’t always obvious. But design has huge consequences for people, the economy and the planet. The good news: the happy city, the green city and the low-carbon city are the same place, and everyone can help build it.” Charles Montgomery Happy City Lab

Register here for YIMBY events!