Kensington, PA

Kensington, PA: A Neighborhood Steeped in History and Resilience

The Whistleblower Advocates: Proudly Serving the Residents of Kensington

At The Whistleblower Advocates, we are dedicated to providing expert legal counsel to the residents of Kensington, PA, from our Philadelphia location. We understand the unique challenges faced by this vibrant community and are committed to supporting whistleblowers who stand against fraud and corruption. Our mission is to ensure justice and protection for those who courageously expose wrongdoing.

Discovering Kensington: A Neighborhood with Deep Roots

Kensington, located in Lower Northeast Philadelphia, is a neighborhood rich in history and cultural diversity. Despite the varying boundaries over time, Kensington is generally considered to encompass areas such as East (or Lower) Kensington, West Kensington, and Harrowgate. The neighborhood's borders are roughly defined by Front Street and 5th Street to the west, the Amtrak train tracks to the north, Trenton Avenue and the train tracks to the east, and Cecil B. Moore Avenue to the south.

A Diverse and Resilient Community

Kensington is home to a large population of Hispanic Americans, primarily Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, along with African Americans, Irish Americans, Polish Americans, and Asian Americans. Despite its working-class roots and the economic challenges brought on by deindustrialization in the 1960s, Kensington remains a vibrant and diverse community. The neighborhood has seen an influx of young urban professionals and gentrification, particularly in areas like East Kensington and Olde Kensington.

Historical Significance

Early Beginnings

Kensington was founded in the early 1730s by Anthony Palmer, an English merchant who purchased the Fairman Estate along the Delaware River. Named after the Kensington area in London, Palmer’s town initially attracted shipwrights, shipbuilders, and German fishermen. The original area of Kensington, now known as Fishtown, became a hub for shad fishing and shipbuilding.

Industrial Growth

In the 19th century, Kensington transitioned to iron and steel manufacturing, becoming a major center for textile production, particularly carpets. The neighborhood's industrial boom brought prosperity and growth, establishing Kensington as a key working-class area in Philadelphia. Notably, in 1903, labor organizer Mother Jones led a "Children's Crusade" from Kensington to protest child labor, highlighting the area's significant role in labor history.

Modern Kensington

Challenges and Revitalization

The decline of manufacturing in the 1950s led to economic hardship, high unemployment, and abandoned homes. Despite these challenges, Kensington has shown remarkable resilience. Grassroots efforts and community initiatives have played a crucial role in revitalizing parts of the neighborhood. Today, Kensington is home to numerous small businesses, artisans, and renovated factories and warehouses, particularly near Frankford Avenue and in Fishtown.

Living in Kensington

Kensington offers a diverse range of residential options, from row houses and twins to large estate homes. The neighborhood's housing stock reflects its development over various periods, making it a unique and desirable place to live.

Community and Services

Kensington boasts a strong sense of community with numerous Protestant churches and two Catholic parishes serving its residents. Educational options include nearby public schools such as Ben Franklin Elementary and Creighton Elementary, as well as Cedar Grove Christian Academy. For recreation, residents can enjoy facilities like the Lawncrest Recreation Center and the Lawncrest Library.

Supporting Kensington: The Whistleblower Advocates

At The Whistleblower Advocates, we are committed to serving the residents of Kensington, PA. We understand the complexities and challenges of this historic neighborhood and are here to provide expert legal support to those who expose fraud and corruption. Our dedication to justice and integrity ensures that whistleblowers in Kensington receive the protection and advocacy they deserve.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please visit our website or contact our Philadelphia office. We are proud to be a part of the Kensington community and look forward to serving you.

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We serve clients throughout the Delaware Valley including, but not limited to, those in the following localities: Pennsylvania including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia.

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