By: Elizabeth Flynn
There are certain times when you’re in a moment that you know you are participating in an event that is going to become important historically. In the Philadelphia scene, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is making its mark in our Philadelphia story. In so many ways, this wacky parade and party epitomizes how our city is growing and changing.
First, it is a collaborative dream of artists working together to do something that might seem like Harold and Kumar’s idea for a great Saturday. But as this wild parade of artists has grown (the event is in its fifth year) it has come to define the community.
The Kensington and Fishtown neighborhoods of Philadelphia have long been plagued with blight and urban decay spurred by the collapse of the industrial economy that birthed and grew those originally immigrant communities. But in recent years, artists like the creatives participating in this event have moved in and begun to refashion the remnants of industrialism into a burgeoning community of artists and families and an artistic renaissance that’s even been acknowledged by the New York Times.
RE/MAX Access has been a part of the growth and redevelopment of Fishtown and Kensington since the beginning. Some of our agents are long time residents of these communities, children and grandchildren of the immigrants that built these areas and began these neighborhoods originally. We still live here and are in and out of these blocks on a daily basis.
Looking around at he crowd from his post at the mud pit RE/MAX Access’ chosen judge of the proceedings, Agent Sean Conroy could point to the former clients of his enjoying their view of the parade from their fabulous roof top deck.
Events like the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival help build and grow these neighborhoods where RE/MAX Access has invested its time, hearts, businesses, and families. The success of Fishtown and Kensington as destination neighborhoods is proof that our instincts were right.
As these neighborhoods continue to expand and new local businesses open, hiring creative people to continue the momentum of embracing the historic culture of Philadelphia neighborhoods while building a new, vibrant, creative, communities; RE/MAX Access pledges to continue it’s commitment to real civil engagement and community involvement.
Your neighborhood is our neighborhood. We are Fishtown. We are Kensington. We are NoLibs. We are South Philly. We are West Philly. We are the Northeast, the Southwest, the Metro Area. We are RE/MAX Access. Call us and we’ll help you invest in Philadelphia.
Full Photo Gallery by REMAX ACCESS in Northern Liberties, Philly.