Kensington is a neighborhood of San Diego, California. Its borders are defined by Interstate 15 to the west, Interstate 8 to the north, Fairmount Avenue to the east, and Monroe Avenue to the south. Its neighboring communities are Normal Heights to the west, Talmadge to the south, and the College Area to the east. This upscale enclave on the southeast rim of Mission Valley is picturesque, with attractive (and pricey) Spanish-styled homes for upwardly mobile yuppies. It's a peaceful pocket amid the hubbub of the inner city. There's a tiny business district along the single main artery Adams Ave.
Kensington was founded in 1909 by the Santa Fe Railway Company. The name Kensington echoes the name of a district of west London. The area has kept its "small town" community feel ever since it was founded. Annual traditions include neighborhood-wide parties such as the Memorial Day Parade and the Fourth Of July 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, 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 However, the sign was found to be so old and outdated, it would be nearly impossible to fix.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 of Spanish Revival homes, this being the most popular style in San Diego during the late 1920s when much of Kensington was built out.
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