Kensington

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Will Run for Beer

Fishtown: Will Run for Beer

Free beer was less than 10 minutes away but took 30 minutes to find. The meandering roads of Fishtown led to the winding streets of Kensington and then finally to the stark brick façade of the Philadelphia Brewing Co. (PBC). “Are you looking for the tour?” asked a man moving boxes of freshly brewed and […]

 By LaToya Allen

Kensington: A Different Approach to Health Care

Kensington: A Different Approach to Health Care

When most people think of receiving adequate health care, they tend to only think of maintaining their physical health. Esperanza Health Center takes it one step further and focuses on more than just the physical aspect of health care by taking into consideration the emotional and spiritual well-being of its patients. Esperanza Health Center is […]

 By Herry Pierre-Louis

Kensington: Issues in Educating Latino Students

Kensington: Issues in Educating Latino Students

Karla Mota hectically runs back and forth through the Youth United for Change office carrying stacks of statistics. Hurrying to finish up her day’s work before she heads home, Mota, 17, understands the importance of her and her fellow youth leader’s assignments. Mota attends Kensington CAPA High School and has been a leader with Youth […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Kensington: Keeping an Eye on the Children

Kensington: Keeping an Eye on the Children

The streets of Kensington can be unsafe and uncertain. Police sirens often blare as they race down Kensington Avenue. Drug deals occur on many corners, and worst of all, children are often left unattended on the streets, leaving them in danger. But after the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Kensington, parents are taking a […]

 By Joangel Concepcion and Danny Barron

How Kensington Learns

How Kensington Learns

The Philadelphia school system has a laundry list of problems. Overcrowding, attendance, dropouts, literacy, lack of extracurriculars and cutbacks that lead to music and arts programs being dropped are just some of the complaints against inner-city schools. Effects last after public education. Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are functionally illiterate. There are optimists. “We just had […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Kensington’s Little Angel

Kensington’s Little Angel

Wearing a neon green hat to match the color of his shirt and plaid shorts, Clifford Reynolds addressed the crowd with a look of sincerity and hope.  As he spoke through the microphone, his words echoed more than to just the crowd standing in front of him, but to the community at whole. “We’d like […]

 By Joangel Concepcion and Danny Barron

Kensington: A Sad and Beautiful Day

Kensington: A Sad and Beautiful Day

It was a bright and warm Saturday afternoon in Kensington. A week after the attack, family, friends and neighbors gathered in McPherson Square Park to show their support for the victim and to celebrate the 11-year-old girl’s return from the hospital after being raped on her way to school last Tuesday. “Let’s dedicate ourselves to […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Cleaning Up Kensington

Cleaning Up Kensington

Empty 40-ounce bottles of Old English make a loud cracking sound as they roll down Kensington Avenue.  Devoured bags of Doritos and old, worn-out clothes pile up on the corners of the streets, while people stroll by ignoring the massive amounts of trash that is building up around them. Many people of Kensington have lost […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia has long been an esteemed beer city dating back to the colonial times. Taverns and pubs were meeting places for revolutionaries. The tradition of immigrants finding community in pub life continued throughout the industrial boom – and not just in Brewerytown. In the late 1800s, there were over 100 breweries in the Kensington section […]

 By Kylee Messner

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Kensington: Real Estate in a Tough Economy

Mendez Homes and Investments has been renting and selling affordable homes to Philadelphia residents for the past four years—and doesn’t see things stopping anytime soon. “We’re affected by the economy, but it’s still a great place to live,” says Maria Mendez of Kensington.  Mendez has been operating as a broker for Mendez Homes and Investments […]