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Arch Street is a major east-west street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Arch Street
GirardFountainPark.jpg
Girard Fountain Park on Arch Street, 2007.
Former name(s)Mulberry Street[1]
Holme Street
Tioga Street
OwnerCity of Philadelphia
Maintained byStreets Department
Length3.7 mi[2] (6.0 km)
LocationPhiladelphia
Nearest metro station30th Street
Coordinates39°57′15″N 75°09′42″W / 39.9543°N 75.1618°W / 39.9543; -75.1618Coordinates: 39°57′15″N 75°09′42″W / 39.9543°N 75.1618°W / 39.9543; -75.1618
West endGross Street in Overbrook
Major
junctions
I-76 / PA 3 in University City
PA 611 in Center City
East endFront Street in Old City
NorthRace Street (West Phila.)
Cherry Street (Center City)
SouthMarket Street (West Phila.)
JFK Boulevard / Filbert Street (Center City)
Construction
Commissioned1682

HistoryEdit

The street was called Mulberry Street in William Penn's original city grid, but it was renamed Arch in 1854.[1] Other parts of the street were once called Holme and Tioga streets.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Arch from 6th to 11th Streets was known as "Radio Row", after its electronic-goods stores.[3]

TodayEdit

Today, it runs from the Delaware River one way westbound through Old City, where landmarks include the Arch Street Friends Meeting House, the Betsy Ross House, Girard Fountain Park, the U.S. Mint, and Christ Church Burial Ground. It crosses Independence Mall at 5th and 6th Streets, and traverses Philadelphia's Chinatown (Philadelphia) neighborhood. The tourist areas around Logan Square and the museum district are just north of Arch Street, which ends just east of the Schuylkill River at 23rd Street. West of the river, there is a block of Arch Street between 30th Street Station and Cira Centre. Arch Street also runs from 49th Street to 63rd Street, but one way eastbound.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Woodall, Peter (January 16, 2013). "What's In An Odonym?". Hidden City Daily. Hidden City Philadelphia. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Google (January 14, 2017). "Arch Street" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Kushnier, Ron (May 2, 2007). "I Remember Arch Street". PhillyHistory blog. City of Philadelphia. Retrieved July 2, 2014.