Kingsway East Neighborhood Overview

Information concerning the neighborhood history, characteristics, institutions and organizations, planning and development.


The Kingsway East neighborhood is defined by Natural Bridge Avenue on the North, Martin Luther King Boulevard on the South, Marcus Avenue on the East and Kingshighway Boulevard on the West. The neighborhood is bordered by The Greater Ville, Penrose, Kingsway West, and Fountain Park neighborhoods on the near northside.


This area exists within an historic section known as Arlington, which takes its name from John W. Burd’s Arlington Grove subdivision of 1868. A memorable disaster in the history of the Arlington area occurred in October 1916, when the Christian Brothers College building was destroyed by a fire, one of the worst in the City’s history, taking ten lives. Industrial activity in the area owes its development to the construction of the Terminal Railroad belt line about 1900. The convenience of rail access, combined with plenty of adjacent vacant land, resulted in the establishment of many industrial plants in the area.

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