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Is it correct to put the adverbial phrase of place at the beginning of a sentence? For example:

In the center of the city there is a street where there are a lot of shops.

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    Yes, it's OK. It involves the preposing of the PP "in the centre of the city". – BillJ Dec 21 '19 at 10:25
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    Moving the phrases around changes emphasis and focus. So, if a context demands a focus on the city then your sentence is the most likely (for example, in a description of the city). But if the contextual focus was on finding a street with a lot of shops you might expect: “There is a street with a lot of shops in the centre of the city.” – Orbital Aussie Jan 8 '20 at 7:35
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Your example sentence is perfectly valid. If you wished to rearrange it, "There is a street in the center of the city where there are lots of shops," would also be acceptable. Both versions have the same meaning.

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    Also In the centre of the city is a street ...: "There" is optional in this construction. – Colin Fine Mar 16 '20 at 20:03

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