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Kensington (Northwest Portion)

    • Civic Design Review Committee holds inaugural meeting to consider senior housing

Civic Design Review Committee holds inaugural meeting to consider senior housing

The brand-new Civic Design Review Committee of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the merits of a proposed 40-unit affordable housing development for senior…

    • Another beautiful, blue sky day ahead. | Guastavino Tiles, by Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
    • The John H. McClatchy Building | photo via Curbed, by Laura Kicey

Inside Hotel Monaco | José Almiñana | Kensington Blues | John H. McClatchy building | PennPraxis at 10

The John H. McClatchy Building | photo via Curbed, by Laura KiceyTake a sneak peek into the new Hotel Monaco at 5th and Chestnut with the Business Journal. Kimpton has…

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ABOUT KENSINGTON (NORTHWEST PORTION)

 

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 (NORTHWEST PORTION)

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