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    • Mary Seton Corboy | credit: Jennifer Kourkounis

Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s Greensgrow, a 19-year old trailblazing urban farm on East…

    • Gretz Brewery complex after the corner building's demolition | November 6, 2013

Judge questions city's 'Doors and Windows' ordinance

Philadelphia has recently received a round of plaudits in the national press for its efforts to force landowners to keep vacant properties in decent shape. Among those efforts is the “Doors…

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Philadelphia awarded $10 million in federal TIGER grants for Grays Ferry Swing Bridge and two Complete Street projects

Congressman Chaka Fattah and Senator Bob Casey both announced today, in separate press releases, that Philadelphia had been awarded $10.265 million in U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grants. The grant will…

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ABOUT KENSINGTON

Kensington, considered a “region” rather then a “neighborhood”, is an area in the Bridesburg/Kensington/Richmond area of Philadelphia. The area is roughly defined as having triangular borders, those being Erie Avenue, Front Street, and Trenton Avenue. This area has long been a center for ship and boat building, with many of its residents working for ship manufacturers or as commercial fisherman. During the Industrial Revolution, the industry in Kensington switched from ship and boat building to iron and steel manufacturing. Kensington quickly became the center for textile and carpet manufacturing in Philadelphia and played an important role in the national textile industry. Many english who immigrated to the Philadelphia area, were quickly absorbed into the textile industries because they were considered “expert weavers." However by 1950 deindustrialization of the area drove many workers and their families to other locations. Buildings were abandoned and as a result, the population in the Kensington area greatly declined. In recent years the Kensington section of Philadelphia has become gentrified and many of the old abandoned buildings are now being transformed by young entrepreneurs. While some parts of the area seem to still struggle with drug use and crime, parts like Fishtown and Port Richmond have seen a huge increase in both population and industry. Today the area is full of culture and heritage, which the residents of Kensington take pride in as they continue to protect and support their community.


RESOURCES

New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Kensington Wikipedia Article

UPCOMING EVENTS IN KENSINGTON

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