Kensington, San Diego, California
KensingtonÂ is a neighborhood ofÂ San Diego,Â California. Its borders are defined byÂ Interstate 15Â to the west,Â Interstate 8Â to the north, Fairmount Avenue to the east, and Monroe Avenue to the south. Its neighboring communities areÂ Normal HeightsÂ to the west,Â TalmadgeÂ to the south, and theÂ College AreaÂ to the east.
Kensington was founded in 1909 by the Santa Fe Railway Company. The name Kensington echoes the name of a district of west London.Â The area has kept its “small town” community feel ever since it was founded. Annual traditions include neighborhood-wide parties such as theÂ Memorial DayÂ Parade and theÂ Fourth Of JulyÂ Block Party/ Street Basketball Tournament. Also, most streets have their own “annual parties”.
A neon “Kensington” sign used to hang over Adams Avenue, which acts as the neighborhood’s cultural and business center. This sign, after almost a year of needing repair (see picture to the right), was taken down and sent to be fixed. However, the sign was found to be so old and outdated, it would be nearly impossible to fix. The town council decided to have a new sign installed in place of the old one.
Many street names in the community have English origins, as does the name Kensington itself. The residential area has an impressive collection ofÂ Spanish RevivalÂ style homes, this being the most popular style in San Diego during the late 1920s when much of Kensington was built out. Kensington andÂ TalmadgeÂ are sometimes grouped together as one community for official purposes.
Franklin Elementary SchoolÂ (San Diego Unified School District) is located at the very edge of Kensington and is expecting to celebrate its eightieth anniversary. It teaches school for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The athletic field was recently re-designed and is now open to the public at nearly all hours of the day.