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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: 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

What To Do With The City Branch: Return It To Transit As Light Rail

What To Do With The City Branch: Return It To Transit As Light Rail

June 8, 2012  |  Soapbox

With planning to begin on the underground City Branch railroad connecting to the Reading Viaduct, we asked our contributor Stephen Stofka to provide an alternate vision for light rail extending from the heart of Center City to Fairmount Park and beyond. He says it could cost a fraction of the cost of green space and is practically "shovel ready" > more

Hidden Mansion, Lost Dell

Hidden Mansion, Lost Dell

April 3, 2012  |  Vantage

Forgotten waterfall, trolly route, and 18th century villa...Stephen Stofka unlocks the secrets of the lost landscape of Chamounix, in Fairmount Park > more