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Kensington Beach’s Instagram account owner spoke at the RNC. Some community members say his posts exploit the community. The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 17, 2024

Kensington could see surprise quality-of-life cleanups every month — with zero notice, ID checks, and towed cars
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 2024

Police close Kensington’s Somerset section for city’s unannounced “quality of life” effort, causing distress for some residents
The Kensington Voice, July 12, 2024

Gun violence was more heavily concentrated in Kensington than almost anywhere else in the U.S. during the pandemic, NYT finds
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2024

Kensington Encampment Clearings: Dr. Bill McKinney discusses on WURD Radio’s Reality Check with Tonya Pendleton
WURD Radio, May 14, 2024

A crackdown on Kensington’s open-air drug market is coming, but will it work?
Billy Penn, May 7, 2024

Can Philadelphia Fix One of the Most Drug-Plagued Neighborhoods in the Country?        
The New York Times, May 7, 2024

NKCDC and Bennett Compost are collaborating to address food waste in Kensington (video)
WURD Radio, May 3, 2023

Philly’s plan to ‘fix’ Kensington won’t work. Here’s what will. 
The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 2024

Philadelphia-based nonprofit offers Kensington teens safe space to learn life skills (video)
6ABC Action News Philadelphia, April 10, 2024

How Kensington Avenue’s open-air drug market went international – and the city’s fight to take back the neighborhood 
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 2024

Kensington reacts to new business curfew: “Everybody has to eat,” 
Kensington Voice, March 22, 2024

Garden center could return at Greensgrow in Kensington
Billy Penn, March 5, 2024

Kensington news: $3.5 million in housing assistance, environmental remediation training, KCR grants, and prom donations                                                                                                 
Kensington Voice, February 26, 2024

Mayor Cherelle Parker’s Kensington crackdown leaves residents with concerns 
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 25, 2024


Change in Kensington requires a change in mindset. We’re proof it’s possible.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 15th, 2023

Boom to bust to blight to bloom: The long and often troubled life of a Fishtown lot
The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 9th, 2023

NKCDC has the green space, so it’s turning to community to propose crowd-pleasing activities.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2023

The last chance for safe injection sites?
The Philadelphia Citizen, September 13, 2023

Reviving Greensgrow: A Year After Collapse, a New Vision for Urban Agriculture
Green Philly, September 12, 2023

Over 1,600 new apartments planned for long-neglected industrial embankment in Kensington
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 29, 2023

Kensington businesses say it’s increasingly hard to get vendors to come out and provide services
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 18, 2023

Community stakeholders most impact by the opioid crisis decided which local groups would receive grants to reduce harm
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2023

Meet Ivette Velez: One of Many Friendly Neighborhood Energy Center Energy Experts
PGWorks Blog, May 2, 2023

User Spotlight: Barbara Small
Health Federation of Philadelphia, May 2, 2023

Philly’s next mayor could try to end Kensington’s open-air drug market. How that could unfold is uncertain
WHYY, April 24, 2023

It’s Not Just about the Buildings: How Community Development Organizations Are Promoting Residents’ Mental Health
Build Healthy Places, April 9, 2023

The third wave
Weekendavisen, March 18, 2023

Philadelphia deploys teams to help people struggling with opioid and ‘tranq’ addictions (video)
NBC Stay Tuned NOW with Gadi Schwartz, March 14, 2023

Four values form a base for equitable development, in Kensington and beyond 
AIA Context, Spring 2023



Trauma-informed care has swept across nonprofit work
Generocity, December 15, 2021

Kensington organizations celebrate the holiday season with Santa Claus, the Grinch, and shopping
Kensington Voice, December 13, 2021

Mural Arts is flooding Kensington with public art. But is that what the neighborhood needs?
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 2021

Grief and loss: These new programs in Kensington help mothers and fathers heal
Kensington Voice, November 8, 2021

RealLIST Impact: Meet 45 Philadelphia-area leaders whose work makes a difference
Generocity, November 5, 2021

Kensington business owners on pandemic recovery: ‘Things are getting better slowly, but we have a long way to go’
Kensington Voice, October 29, 2021

Trauma-Informed Practices Help Deliver Better Care to Clients and Staff
Shelterforce, October 6, 2021

Kensington‘s Recovery Plan
Philadelphia Citizen, September 17, 2021

Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT Program Creates Pathways to Homeownership
Business Wire, August 30, 2021

‘There still is no answer’: Philly cracks down on Kensington encampments again as homelessness crisis intensifies
Billy Penn, August 18, 2021

In Kensington, residents ask, ‘Why would you think this is acceptable for us?’
Kensington Voice, August 13, 2021

Kensington to Mayor Kenney: ‘You’re the captain of this ship, and you either have to sail the ship or step on down’
Kensington Voice, August 12, 2021

Senator Tartaglione Announces State Community Development Funding for Frankford & Kensington
Pennsylvania Senate Democrats
, August 2, 2021

Federal Policy + Community Development: Experts Look at Ways to Fuel a Transformative Recovery (video)
LISC, July 15, 2021

Philly community orgs facilitate youth study on community policing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 30, 2021

NKCDC’s Nourish brings meal kit delivery service to a community that otherwise may not have access to it
Generocity, June 28, 2021

Kensington and Fairhill youth leaders talk community safety: ‘To be safe means that you see me as a full human being worthy of life, worthy of respect, worthy of honor, and worthy of value’
Kensington Voice, June 25, 2021

Sunday Suppers joins NKCDC as Nourish, a new nutrition program for Kensington
Metro Philadelphia, June 22, 2021

Sunday Suppers joins New Kensington Community Development Corporation for Nourish, a new nutrition program for Kensington
Al Día, June 22, 2021

‘My voice matters’: Kensington and Fairhill youth have answers to improve community safety
Al Día, June 16, 2021

Equitable Development Conference Special Episode! (audio)
Iron Sharpens Iron, Jun 16, 2021

“Mi voz importa”: estrategias para remover la violencia entre los jóvenes de Filadelfia
Univision 65 Philadelphia, June 15, 2021

Business and bloodshed
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2021

History is repeating in Kensington. It doesn’t have to be this way
PlanPhilly, May 2, 2021

New Toolkit Helps Communities Address Trauma to Shape Their Own Neighborhoods
Next City, April 2, 2021

Kensington community organizers release a guide for trauma-informed community engagement
Al Día, March 30, 2021

Kensington community responds to SEPTA closing down Somerset Station
Kensington Voice, March 29, 2021

Mayor Kenney’s lack of involvement in Somerset El closure isn’t just a transit issue. It’s a leadership failure.
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 28, 2021

Shuttered El stop illuminates depth of Philly’s entrenched social problems
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 28, 2021

SEPTA: Somerset station will see “a number of safety and security improvements” upon reopening
The Star, March 25, 2021

Kensington residents and nonprofits mobilize to protest SEPTA station closure
Generocity, March 24, 2021

Kensington residents call for change following Somerset closure
Metro Philadelphia, March 24, 2021

Kensington Residents March for Better Conditions As SEPTA Station Remains Closed
NBC 10 Philadelphia, March 24, 2021

Neighbors demand better communication, resources from SEPTA following closure of Kensington station (audio)
NYW News Radio, March 24, 2021

Residentes de Kensington protestan por el cierre de la estación de Somerset (video)
Univision 65 Philadelphia, March 24, 2021

‘Unacceptable’: Kensington residents protest closing of SEPTA’s Somerset Station after one week notice
Al Día, March 24, 2021

‘We shouldn’t have to get less’: Kensington residents protest Somerset Station closure (video)
PlanPhilly, March 24, 2021

Kensington Community ‘Disinvested In For The Last 40 Years’ Protest SEPTA Closing Somerset Station (video)
CBS 3 Philadelphia, March 23, 2021

Kensington protests closing of SEPTA’s Somerset El station, a lifeline for a battered neighborhood
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 23, 2021

Kensington residents share concerns about Somerset Station closure with SEPTA
Plan Philly, March 19, 2021

Building partnerships to lead the work
NeighborWorks America, March 19, 2021

How Kensington became an island
Plan Philly, March 19, 2021

Kensington artists, community leaders discuss public art as a tool for social change
WHYY, March 17, 2021

One Year of Covid: How Philadelphians Stepped Up
Philadelphia Citizen, March 15, 2021

Using art to keep a neighborhood’s culture in place
NeighborWorks America, March 12, 2021

5 principles of community driven development — and how to actualize them
Generocity, January 29, 2021



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