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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

The intersection of Lawrence and Jefferson streets may seem like a regular corner, but between noon and 1 p.m. a line will form in front of a nondescript apartment window. Members of the community will patiently wait outside The Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House for the free, hot lunch it provides Monday through Thursday […]

 

5th Street: South Kensington Community Partners Greening Project

5th Street: South Kensington Community Partners Greening Project

South Kensington has experienced a high influx of new homeowners, renters and sustainable construction. The new people live amongst the longtime residents. The pattern of gentrification has increased the need for community smoothing through outreach and activism. La Finquita (The Little Farm), an urban community garden space located at 438 W. Master Street, is an […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: Residents Look Forward to Community Gardens

Plan Philly: Residents Look Forward to Community Gardens

Scarecrows and shovels, trash cans and gardening gloves are strewn about in South Kensington community gardens. Few plants are blooming, but preparations are underway for another year of community-based gardening. “I think that community gardens can really bring people out from the community [and] give you a chance to meet your neighbors or people living […]

 By Josh Willgruber

Kensington: Garden Brings Camaraderie Back to Community

Kensington: Garden Brings Camaraderie Back to Community

When Elizabeth VanUmesseren recollected her views about a vacant lot on the corner of Master and Lawrence Streets many years ago, she said plans for cultivating the lot into a community garden didn’t look promising. VanUmesseren said the Catholic Worker house, located a few blocks away on 430 W. Jefferson St., played a big part […]