Union Square in San Francisco instantly reminded me of the Fort Area & south Bombay with its Art Deco and Beaux-Arts styled buildings, but only so much bigger, brighter and happening with broader roads and spiffy people of all races walking up its streets. I went during Christmas time and things were that much more sparkly. This city which was the iconic home to the 60's flower power movement, still carries on the spirit in its radically dressed free spirited people. You can literally smell it when you walk the streets. Streets which are lined with the prettiest homes. But that's another post.
"The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union ArmyCivil War. Today, this one-block plaza and nearby area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons in the United States, which continue to make Union Square a major tourist draw, a vital, cosmopolitan place in downtown San Francisco, and one of the world's premier shopping districts." Wiki
"Over the years, Union Square became a popular shopping destination. It boasts six major department stores: Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Union Square is also home to several famous upscale boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Stuart Weitzman, Burberry, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Boucheron, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Piaget, De Beers, Bulgari, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cartier, Bijan, Marc Jacobs, and Hermès." Wiki