Welcome to Frankford Avenue!
Frankford Avenue is the commercial heart of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, located about a mile and a half northeast of Center City along the Delaware River. At the height of the industrial revolution, Kensington was referred to as the “workshop of the world” because of the numerous factories that dotted the area in the 1800s. With the decline of manufacturing in America, many of those great mills went silent for decades.
But, in recent years, artists and new homeowners have begun to relocate to Kensington, many having been priced out of neighborhoods closer to Center City, others simply looking for larger spaces to practice their trade. In Kensington, they discovered a tight knit neighborhood with a strong sense of community that had persevered through hard times. Now, newcomers side by side with long time residents are working to revive this neighborhood’s creative legacy, by creating art, starting small businesses, and reoccupying a once dormant industrial landscape.
Because a great deal of this activity was clustered around Frankford Avenue, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) worked with the surrounding community to create the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor Plan. A few years ago the city officially recognized Frankford Avenue as an “arts corridor”, prompting new interest and investment in the area as a growing neighborhood.
Make sure to check out our News and Events page for the latest updates on Frankford Ave happenings! Also become a Frankford Ave Arts friend on Facebook!
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Images on this site were taken by photographer, Karl Seifert.