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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.

Design And Density Problems Plague Boyd Project

Design And Density Problems Plague Boyd Project

May 29, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Pearl Properties' latest plans for 1900 Chestnut Street and the Boyd Theater were unanimously voted down on Tuesday by the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission amid a room full of applause. Contributor and in-house urbanist Stephen Stofka takes a look at the unsavory design and where the firm keeps getting it wrong > more

Historic Green Space Restoration Underway At Bartram's Garden

Historic Green Space Restoration Underway At Bartram’s Garden

May 15, 2015  |  News

New life for an historic green space at Bartram's Garden. Stephen Stofka reports on the restoration of Carr Garden, which dates to the early 19th century, as part of major preservation and infrastructure investment there > more

Mysterious Major Development Proposal For 1300 Fairmount Avenue

Mysterious Major Development Proposal For 1300 Fairmount Avenue

April 28, 2015  |  Buzz

Elusive real estate partners and scant details of a large-scale proposal for residential development and a supermarket on the 1300 block of Fairmount Avenue raises more questions than answers. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes a look > more

Delaware Ave Development Proposal Put Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

Delaware Ave Development Proposal Put Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

April 17, 2015  |  News

Time bought for the former Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse in a zoning meeting Wednesday night. Fishtown neighbors shot down developer Michael Samschick's large-scale mixed-use proposals for the three adjoining lots along Delaware Avenue. Contributor Stephen Stofka was there and has a few take-away recommendations for a less sprawling, more conscientious treatment of the blocks > more

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 will 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