Arch Street (Philadelphia)

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Arch Street
GirardFountainPark.jpg
Girard Fountain Park on Arch Street, 2007.
Former name(s) Mulberry Street[1]
Holme Street
Tioga Street
Owner City of Philadelphia
Maintained by Streets Department
Length 3.7 mi[2] (6.0 km)
Location Philadelphia
Nearest metro station 30th Street
Coordinates 39°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 end Gross Street in Overbrook
Major
junctions
I-76 / PA 3 in University City
PA 611 in Center City
East end Front Street in Old City
North Race Street (West Philly)
Cherry Street (Center City)
South Market Street (West Philly)
JFK Boulevard / Filbert Street (Center City)
Construction
Commissioned 1682

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

History[edit]

The street, called Mulberry Street on William Penn's original city grid, was renamed Arch in 1854.[1] Other parts of the street were once called Holme and Tioga streets. Today, it runs from the Delaware River westward 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, traverses Philadelphia's Chinatown neighborhood, and ends in the tourist areas around Logan Square and the museum district.

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

Notes[edit]

  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.