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Stephen Stofka

Stephen Stofka is interested in the urban form and the way we change it. A graduate of the Geography and Urban Studies program at Temple University, he enjoys examining the architecture, siting, streetscapes, transportation, access, and other subtle elements that make a city a city.

Under Inspection: Five Residential Projects Currently Breaking Ground

Under Inspection: Five Residential Projects Currently Breaking Ground

February 25, 2015  |  Vantage

Boon times for our evolving skyline as large-scale construction projects pop up all over the city, but how the designs hold up when the buildings are complete? Hidden City contributor and urbanist inspector Stephen Stofka puts an eye on five big residential projects about to begin > more

The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, And Complicated

The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, And Complicated

February 9, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, News

The partners of the 30th Street District have compelling plans for the area surrounding the busy transportation hub. Still in the infant stages of planning, transforming the area into a lively, active space is rife with challenges. Steve Stofka lends the situation an urbanist's eye and maps out the complicated road ahead > more

Under Inspection: Urbanism And University City's New Apartment Towers

Under Inspection: Urbanism And University City’s New Apartment Towers

December 10, 2014  |  Vantage

Four new residential towers are transforming the West Philly skyline, changing the landscape above and altering our visual environment below. Hidden City contributor and in-house urbanist Stephen Stofka pulls out the red pen and puts them through the test > more

Field Guide To New Row House Construction, Part Two

Field Guide To New Row House Construction, Part Two

October 1, 2012  |  Vantage

We continue with our dissection of the exterior architecture of new row houses in G-Ho with a look at the front entrance--the good, the bad, and the ugly > more

Field Guide To New Row House Construction, Part One

Field Guide To New Row House Construction, Part One

September 26, 2012  |  Vantage

What makes one row house look better than another? We've got some possible answers in this survey of new construction in G-Ho > more