Yellow Card: Potential Neighborhood Impacts of a Soccer Specific Stadium Development in East Somerville.
Abstract: This thesis focuses on the potential economic development and
environmental health impacts of a 25,000 seat soccer stadium in the Inner Belt and
Brickbottom neighborhoods of East Somerville, Massachusetts. The goal of this thesis is to
provide recommendations to Somerville about development in the Inner Belt and Brickbottom
neighborhoods as it relates to the relocation of the New ... read moreEngland Revolution soccer stadium.
To make recommendations to Somerville, 10 planning and economic development documents were
reviewed from Carson and San Jose, California; Sandy, Utah; Harrison, New Jersey;
Bridgeview, Illinois; and Portland, Oregon. These stadiums were built (or majorly
renovated) for MLS soccer teams and have access to public transportation. Documents were
reviewed for economic development and environmental health impacts. There are many
similarities between these other cities and Somerville including a need for a diversified
tax base, replacing underutilized industrial sites, and creating a draw for their city.
Somerville has shown that it has the capability to work with their residents on complex
issues and should proceed with caution as they evaluate a mixed-use stadium development
using an independent economic development impacts study and a health impact
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Mary Davis.
Committee: Ann Rappaport, and Wig Zamore.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Environmental health.read less