Kensington

 By Karen Smith and Stephen Zook

Kensington: Old Meets Young on Residential Block

Kensington: Old Meets Young on Residential Block

On a breezy summer afternoon the stoop at the house on 2026 East Dauphin St. sits empty. Residents of this Kensington block pass by the spot, looking at it fondly and remembering who was once there. Joseph Hoffman spent most of his adult-lifetime sitting on the stoop of his house greeting and conversing with his […]

 By Nicole Saylor

Kensington: Mixing Creativity, Bicycles and Mud

Kensington: Mixing Creativity, Bicycles and Mud

Riding a bike through a giant mud pit is harder than you may think. Especially when the bike is carrying a six-foot wooden dragon or a mesh train that shoots stream. But last weekend the riders in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby proved that it is possible. The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is an annual […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Tim Brodwater

Kensington: A Unique Soup Kitchen

Kensington: A Unique Soup Kitchen

St. Francis Inn is not a typical soup kitchen. Staff member Karen Pushaw says, “The inn is unique because its guests are not just homeless males.” The inn provides a multitude of services for local Kensington families and the elderly. The Franciscan community established the inn in the late 1970s and have served a meal […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Tim Brodwater

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

Thomas McNamara has perfected the art of deadpanning. Catching his acquaintances off guard with each zing, he speaks in short spurts, with a cadence that almost reminds you of Bob Hope. A smile and chuckle greet you at each end of each of his sentences. In short, he’s anything but dull. His conversations are peppered […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: New Arts High School Product Of Concerned Student Efforts

Kensington: New Arts High School Product Of Concerned Student Efforts

When Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts opens at its new Front and Berks location in September, community group Youth United for Change will have realized a major victory in its neighborhood school reform goals. The organization has been in existence since 1991. Most recent successes have occurred in the last seven years […]

 By Tim Brodwater

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Haven Youth Center in Kensington is a community youth group that supports and encourages HIV-positive youth to stay in school and be productive citizens. Haven’s mission includes providing educational, social and recreational activities to the community.  The organization acts as a “safe haven” from the stigma the youth may face within their schools, home life […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Non-Profit Efforts Spurring Economic Revitalization in Commercial Corridor

Kensington: Non-Profit Efforts Spurring Economic Revitalization in Commercial Corridor

The Philadelphia city government initiative known as “ReStoring Philadelphia’s Economic Corridors” has been active in helping revitalize certain community commercial corridors sections since 2007. When launched three years ago, then-Mayor John Street and City Council jointly pushed this effort towards re-establishing communities as safe places to work, shop and socialize. One of the 36 commercial […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Conflicting Feelings on Progress in Latino Neighborhood

Kensington: Conflicting Feelings on Progress in Latino Neighborhood

Terrific is how Marcelino Esgailin describes Philadelphia’s Kensington community when he moved into that area in 1955 from Puerto Rico — a Caribbean island that many forget is a part of the United States. “It used to be good, but now it’s getting too much involved with drug dealers and things like that,” Esgailin observed. […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Partnership Bringing Green Development

Kensington: Partnership Bringing Green Development

If there’s one thing the New Kensington Community Development Corp. (NKCDC) wants you to know it’s the fact that it’s an exciting time to live in the evolving neighborhood of East Kensington. The organization has emerged as an important fixture in the area ushering in important and effective community programs. Now the NKCDC is partnering […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

It’s an unlikely scene just half a block from the Kensington and Somerset stop under the Market-Frankford line. Amid the shadows of “the El” and barely past the illicit activities of the intersection, there is a building that’s easy to miss. It doesn’t help that at one time it was vacant for 15 years. Marked […]