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Kensington, Kansas City, KS

Kensington is a neighborhood in Kansas City, KS, and is home to many of the city’s Ethiopian immigrants. It is known for its traditional African market and cuisine as well as its murals painted by local artists reflecting the diversity of Kensington as a neighborhood.

Kensington neighbors North Oak, Kansas City, KS, and North Overland Park, KS. It has been named one of “10 Great Neighborhoods” by the city of Kansas City, KS. Kensington is close to the Westport entertainment district that gets its name from being located on the west side of Union St. along 31 St., which was also named one of “10 Great Neighborhoods.”

Most residents of Kensington are Ethiopian, and the neighborhood is known for its traditional African market and cuisine.

Kensington also has a multicultural mural project that depicts the diversity of the area’s population. It was created in 2013 by five different artists, who worked with residents on choosing themes and designing some of the murals.

History

Kensington is a neighborhood with a long history in Kansas City, KS. The first house built there was for Elbert H. Hillery and was located at the corner of Sni-a-bar Rd. and Wabash Ave., but it burned down.

Kensington was also home to a streetcar line, which allowed people in Kansas City, KS, to travel directly between St. Louis, MO and Lawrence St., now known as The Paseo. Kensington became one of the first suburbs of Kansas City, KS.

In 1887, Kansas City, KS mayor James Pendergast had the streetcar line moved further away from residents after it was discovered that he was required to provide free transportation to people of all races.

The neighborhood has also been referred to as “Kensington-Park”.

Historical figures associated with Kensington include Miles Horton, who ran leadership training seminars in the old Kensington School that is now located at 33rd St. and The Paseo, and George C. Crump, who founded the National Negro Business League with Booker T. Washington in 1900 after meeting him at an NAACP conference held there.

Notable Places

The Kensington Multicultural Mural Project was created in 2013 by artists Sean Starowitz, Tamie Johnston, Miguel Angel Reyes, Graham Coreil-Allen of Silver Street Studios, and developer John Hoffman. It is located between 31st St., Hickman Ave., 32nd St., and Troost Ave.

It depicts multiculturalism through different symbols and images, such as a Native American figure with a buffalo headdress to reflect the history of Kensington being a major route for buffalo hunters.

The International African Market, located at 2351 Prospect Ave., was established in 1988 by owner Mulu Birru. The store sells authentic African imports from countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. They also offer traditional Ethiopian cuisine that they will prepare for you on an open-air grill, which is made of stone in the African style.

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One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City is located at 4102 N Harrison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116. From Kensington, Kansas City, KS, Head northwest on Westview Dr toward Tauromee Ave, then continue onto N 29 St, where you will pass by O’Reilly Auto Parts (on the left), now turn left onto State Ave, then use the right lane to take the ramp onto I-635 N. Time to merge onto I-635 N, Entering Missouri, now take exit 12B S for Interstate 29 S/U.S. 71 S, now merge onto I-29 S/US-71 S, then take exit 1D for MO-283 S/Oak Trfwy. From there, merge onto MO-283 S/N Oak Trafficway, time to turn left onto NE 42nd St, then go right to continue on Parvin Rd, now turn right onto N Harrison Ave. Hence forth, the destination will be on the right. 

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