Kensington

 By Eric Pellini

Kensington: Home of Mixed Martial Arts Champ

Kensington: Home of Mixed Martial Arts Champ

[vimeo 17932845 w=540 h=398] It’s noon on a Saturday. Approximately 200 barefoot men are filling a South Philly gym.  Large black mats line the floors and the smell of sweat is beginning to permeate the room. The same concentrated expression can be found on all of the men’s faces, and onlookers are taking caution as […]

 By Kait Privitera and Eric Pellini

Kensington: On The Road To Recovery

Kensington: On The Road To Recovery

On Kensington Avenue, housed between East Hagert and East Letterly streets, lies a small clubhouse with a big purpose. Last Stop Clubhouse serves as a recovery house for addicts from all walks of life. Walking through Last Stop’s doors you will find people of all ages and races joined together for one common goal: to […]

 By Ashley Zeserman and Jillian Atkinson

Fishtown: Fresh Food Teaches Smart Spending

Fishtown: Fresh Food Teaches Smart Spending

In an area of Kensington that borders Fishtown and Port Richmond, a garden is growing. This garden is not full of simple potted flowers and cherry tomatoes picked for summer salads, but it’s a large and functional farm. Where there once stood an industrial building, Greensgrow Farms stands in its place a lush green haven […]

 By Karen Smith

Kensington: Facing Addiction

Kensington: Facing Addiction

Around Kensington, McPherson Park carries another name — “Needle Park” — due to the abundance of discarded devices used by drug addicts scattered about this public space. Used syringes, discarded “dime bags” ($10 sale size of drugs), and empty liquor bottles are easily visible around the lawn of the Philadelphia Free Library Branch building that […]

 By Stephen Zook

Kensington: Working and Hoping for Progress

Kensington: Working and Hoping for Progress

Kensington is seeing a revival in development and an influx of young residents and entrepreneurs. But despite this upswing, the economy is still difficult for many business owners in this section of Philadelphia. Some owners sadly say business is steadily decreasing. “Business has gotten worse. I’ve seen many small businesses close down,” said Paul Schweizer, […]

 By Catharine Raynor and Matt Price

Kensington: Putting the Good Back into the Neighborhood, One Block at a Time

Kensington: Putting the Good Back into the Neighborhood, One Block at a Time

[vimeo 18012308] No one knows better about a neighborhood than the people who live there. And it comes as no surprise that those people form a strong bond not only with their families that live near by, but with their neighbors, whether they have been there for decades or just a few weeks. That bond creates a […]

 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

[vimeo 20290612] 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 […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Tim Brodwater

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

[vimeo 20290741] 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 […]