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Walnut Street is located in downtown Philadelphiamarker and extends from the city's Delaware River waterfront through Center Citymarker and West Philadelphia. Walnut Street has been characterized as "the city's premier shopping district". The street was ranked 12th in 2005 by Women's Wear Daily among its list of the most expensive retail streets in North America, with rents of $90 per square foot and "over 200 upscale dining, retail and cultural" establishments.

Running parallel to Walnut Street, one or two blocks to the north (depending on whether the side street Sansom Street is counted), is Chestnut Street. Pennsylvania Route 3 westbound follows Walnut Street from 38th Street (U.S. Route 13) to its western terminus at the Cobbs Creek Parkway.

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It is most known for its upscale shopping district in the high end neighborhood of Rittenhouse Row. The majority of shops, restaurants and art galleries located on Walnut Street are situated between Broad Street and 18th Street, which is anchored by Rittenhouse Squaremarker Park. Walnut Street features a variety of shopping and dining destinations. The Walnut-Locust marker on the Broad Street Subway Line was partially named after the street.

The Walnut Street Theatremarker, located at 825 Walnut Street, is the oldest continuously-operating theatre in the English-speaking world.

Among the many attractions and historic sites along Walnut Street are Independence National Historical Parkmarker and Society Hillmarker on the east, followed by Washington Squaremarker, Washington Square Westmarker, St. James Hotelmarker (1226-1232), Witherspoon Building (1319-1323), Philadelphia Stock Exchangemarker (1419-1411), Sun Oil Building (1608-1610), 1616 Building, Rittenhouse Squaremarker (also known as Center City West Commercial Historic District), Estey Hall (1701 Walnut Street), Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphiamarker, and the Walnut-Chancellor Historic District (at 21st).

The Walnut Street Bridgemarker, completed in 1949, crosses the Schuylkill River. On the west side of the river, the street crosses over the Schuylkill Expressway.

Further west, Walnut Street bisects the campus of the University of Pennsylvaniamarker.


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