Entries by Ciana Bonfiglioli

Everett on the Rise

This year, the City of Everett is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Since its founding, the city has evolved in a number of ways, and new challenges have accompanied the shifts in its character. Historically a largely industrial blue-collar town, Everett is increasingly becoming a first choice for young professionals seeking housing outside the skyrocketing prices of Boston proper. One of Everett’s main goals is linked to development—specifically, tapping into potential that hasn’t yet been utilized to overcome barriers such as the city’s isolation, issues with transit access, and slower rates of commercial and community development and re-development. Thus far, there are a number of positive signs about Everett’s effort to transform its weaker points into strengths in the areas listed […]

To Sign or Not to Sign? Considerations for University Athletics Contracts

Collegiate sports continue to grow as an enormous commercial enterprise nationwide, and this increasing popularity has presented lucrative opportunities for participating schools. The allegiance fans have for ‘their school’ has become a reliable source of revenue for many colleges and universities, many of which have seen viewership and interest in their athletic programs explode over the last few decades. NCAA football attendance has more than doubled from slightly over 35 million fans in 1996 to well over 45 million fan in 2006, and more than 49 million fans in 2016. As the fan base has grown, so has the accompanying revenue stream. The growing number of viewers has blossomed into a highly profitable opportunity for companies such as adidas, Under […]

Managing Growth in Malden & Somerville: A Tale of Two Cities

The influx of new residents into Boston and its surrounding communities has put growing pressure on the area’s housing stock. Just recently the median home price in Massachusetts broke $400,000, and there aren’t enough units available to meet the demand among natives, let alone newcomers. Boston’s satellite communities experience greater pressure than towns further out—and the cities that sit just on the periphery of Boston have chosen to address the housing crunch in different ways. Malden and Somerville are two illustrative examples. The cities have some situational and physical similarities—both are relatively close to downtown Boston and have roughly the same number of transit stops. However, the two municipalities view future growth and long-term outcomes quite differently. By a number […]