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    • Abdelmgeed Muhammad Elgamel inside of his produce market on Allegheny Avenue in Kensington Tuesday. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Grant aims to create economic opportunity in embattled Kensington

A sign on the door of Abdelmgeed Elgamal’s fruit and vegetable market on Allegheny Avenue, written in black marker, informs customers the store can’t currently accept EBT payments — otherwise known…

    • A rendering shows a redeveloped Gretz Brewery on Germantown Avenue. ( T+ Associates.)

Gretz Brewery redevelopment in Kensington returns to drawing board

The sprawling former Gretz Brewery stands as a hunkering symbol of industrial blight. The impressive red brick structure went vacant almost 60 years ago and Kensington residents have worried for years…

    • Dalia Burgos and her son Albert walk to Lewis Elkin School in Kensington.

New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington

Every school day, Dalia Burgos of Kensington walks her three children to school. The short walk has become a time for learning, but not in the way that Burgos would ever…

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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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