Union Square is a central shopping, hotel and theatre district, but it also refers to the park bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets. Today, this one-block park and nearby area, is the largest collection of large department stores, swank boutiques, tourist trinket shops and salons in the Western United States. It continues to make Union Square a major visitor draw and downtown San Francisco a vital, cosmopolitan place. Today, Union Square retains its role as the ceremonial "heart" of San Francisco, with grand hotels and small inns, and repertory, off-Broadway and single-act theaters contributing to the area's dynamic, 24-hour character. The name Union Square is derived from once being a popular area for rallies and support for the Union Army during the Civil War.
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