The location: Miami Metro Police Station - Redux
In 2011, Victor M. Gimenez, of GMV Graphics & Signs (in Miami), emailed me to let me know that the Miami
Police sign to the front, wasn't done with CGI, that it was actually a
large format banner that they printed and installed for that
shot. They put it up on the morning of 05/16/11, and took it down
that same night. (Thanks, Victor!)
Victor also sent me the photos below of them installing the sign:
Later, in 2012, another fan, Chuck, sent me this photo of the building, which includes the bridge:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. When this new image first showed up, at the start of Season 5, I assumed it was probably shot at Marina del Rey, or perhaps somewhere in Long Beach, since they haven't filmed in Miami since the early part of Season One. Still, part of me suspected that it might be an actual Miami shot, especially when I couldn't match it in Marina del Rey.
Late in the second episode, they showed a wider view of the same area that included part of a bridge (see the second photo from the top). At first, I wasn't sure it was the same place, but when I compared the two shots, it became clear that the wide view was indeed of the same building. And I knew it wasn't shot in L.A.
So I went to
Miami - via Bing's Birds-Eye photos - and began looking at the ends of
that city's many bridges. When I found a building that looked like it might
be the right one, I switched to Google
StreetView and looked at it from the bridge. And sure enough, I
found a perfect match.
About six months later, Victor sent me the info about the sign and the installation photos you see above.
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