Residents of Kensington take pride in their homes. Front yards bloom with flowers and vegetables in the summer and block parties unite neighbors with games and barbecues. Yet only blocks away from the well kept lawns of Chester Avenue, Church Avenue, McDonald Avenue and Ft. Hamilton Parkway are all regularly littered with trash.
With the multitude of ethnic restaurants, neighborhood grocers and even florists, there is no lack of commerce and economic growth is visible. Crime is low and rent is more affordable than almost any other area so close to Manhattan, and multiple train lines feed into the area. It is an ideal neighborhood in many ways.
Yet despite this the appearance of the main roads feeding into Kensington do not match the level of care that is shown in the homes and businesses of the neighborhood. Kensington’s potential is not being met and it is up to the city, community board and residents themselves to bring Kensington up to the level it could so easily reach.