New Kensington from the Market-Frankford “El”
A while back I had the opportunity to photograph part of the unique New Kensington neighborhood from the unique perspective of the Market-Frankford elevated train. Like many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Kensington (now often referred to as “Fishtown”) thrived in the 19th century as a center for the textile industry but suffered with mid-20th century deindustrialization. In recent years, parts of Kensington, especially along Frankford Avenue, have seen reinvestment and repopulation. A combination of changing demographics (younger people interested in living in the city), new business (many of those young people are also entrepreneurs and artists!), and a dedicated community development corporation (NKCDC) have come together to explain this neighborhood’s resurgence.