Squares in the Western Hemisphere harken back to the classic gathering places of Europe, and, although they may not have the charm or ambience of an Old Town Square in Europe, they, nevertheless, perform the same function. They are popular places to relax, linger, and people-watch.
The squares are typically found at prominent locations within a city or town, at intersections of main streets, or along popular pedestrian routes. They are often focal points for the local residents, with activities and events taking place frequently. Here are some of the most delightful of these New World squares that we have encountered over the years.
Traveler’s Square in Mont-Tremblant, Canada, is a typical example, with its clocktower.
Old Town Square in San Diego is similar.
Pioneer Square, in Seattle, has as its focal point a totem pole.
Golden Heart Plaza, in Fairbanks, Alaska, has as its centerpiece a beautiful fountain and statue.
Another square with a statue in the middle is Jackson Square, in New Orleans, dedicated to the President and General who was victorious in the Battle of New Orleans.
Temple Square in Salt Lake City is the world-wide headquarters of the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints)
In Quebec City, Place Royale, in Lower Town, is one of the most popular squares..