Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kensington is a neighborhood located in the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Near Northeast section of Philadelphia, located just a couple of miles northeast of Center City and just to the west of the Port Richmond neighborhood.

Kensington is a very diverse neighborhood comprising relatively large Puerto Rican, Irish American, African American, and Polish American communities.

In the nineteenth century, Kensington was one of the leading centers of the textile industry, particularly in carpet manufacture. McNeil Laboratories began with the purchase of a pharmacy in the area in 1879 by the company's namesake.

Deindustrialization eventually took its hold on the neighborhood in the 1950s, leading to a significant population loss, mass unemployment, economic decline, and the abandoning of several homes in the neighborhood. However, some sections of the neighborhood have become arguably gentrified in recent years, especially those near Frankford Avenue, those near Port Richmond, Kensington's neighbor North of Lehigh Avenue, and those in lower Kensington now referred to as Fishtown, a once derogatory name given to area of Kensington where many Shad fisheries were located, another traditionally working class neighborhood which has seen rents increase. While most of the large manufacturers have left, the area has many small shops and large renovated factories and warehouses for newer artisans to set up shop.

Kensington is perceived throughout the region for being one of Philadelphia's poorest, most crime-ridden neighborhoods.Fact|date=September 2008 There has been some recent attempts at revitalization.

The U.S. Postal Service designates Kensington as ZIP code 19125 AND 19134(Kensington Station). Adjacent neighborhoods are Fishtown, Port Richmond, Juniata, and Frankford.

Kensington is noted as the childhood home of fictional "Cold Case" character Lily Rush.

The residents of Kensington are often referred to as "Kenzos." The term can be used both derogatively and affectionately. One prominent example is the rock band known as The Kenzos.

External links

* [http://kennethwmilano.com/KensingtonHistory/tabid/182/Default.aspx Kensington History Encyclopaedia]
* [http://www.nkcdc.org New Kensington Community Development Corporation]
* [http://http://thekenzos.com.b1.hostkarma.com/faq/]
* [http://thekenzos.com]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Olde Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Olde Kensington is a neighborhood located in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Olde Kensington is north of Northern Liberties, south of West Kensington, east of Ludlow, and west of Fishtown. The boundaries of… …   Wikipedia

  • West Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — West Kensington is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. It is north of Olde Kensington. The Market Frankford El above Front Street forms the line between West Kensington and its bordering neighborhoods to the east… …   Wikipedia

  • Kensington District, Pennsylvania — Kensington District, or The Kensington District of the Northern Liberties, was one of the twenty nine municipalities that formed Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania prior to the enactment of the Act of Consolidation, 1854, when it became… …   Wikipedia

  • Fishtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Fishtown is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.Located immediately northeast of Center City, its borders are somewhat disputed today due to many factors, but are roughly defined by the triangle created by the Delaware… …   Wikipedia

  • Olney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Olney (pronounced /ˈɒlni/ or /ˈɒləni/) is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is roughly bounded by the Roosevelt Boulevard to the south, Tacony Creek to the east, Godfrey Avenue… …   Wikipedia

  • Ogontz, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Ogontz is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States that borders suburban Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. Ogontz gets its name from Ogontz Avenue, a thoroughfare which runs diagonally… …   Wikipedia

  • Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Manayunk Manayunk skyline Country United States of America Commonwealth Pennsylvania County …   Wikipedia

  • Lawncrest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Lawncrest is a neighborhood in the Near (lower) Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The name is an amalgram of Lawndale and Crescentville, the two primary communities that make up the neighborhood. The community can trace its roots back to the… …   Wikipedia

  • Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Map of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Germantown Borough prior to the Act of Consolidation, 1854 Germantown is a neighborhood in the northwest section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, about 7–8 miles… …   Wikipedia

  • Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moyamensing was originally a township on the fast land of the Neck, lying between Passyunk and Wicaco.[1] It was incorporated into the Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania and is today primarily a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of… …   Wikipedia