location: The Beer Fest
(That passageway is marked on Google maps as part of E. Alta Way, but it doesn't map at all on Bing or Yahoo maps.)
When we first see Travis & Dexter, they are walking from west to east in this passageway. (It's
actually a rather short stretch. The TV scene - and even my own
photos below - make the street look longer than it really is.)
The tall blue building seen in the background (and in my photo below) is the old City Hall East, at 100 Long Beach Blvd.
They then emerge onto the main Promenade, and walk north, through a maze of festival booths.
The Long Beach Promenade is really
just the south end of Locust Avenue. Decades ago, when they built
the (then) new Long Beach Plaza Mall (at the north end of what is now
the Promenade), they sealed off Locust to traffic, south of the mall,
and turned it into a pedestrian-only promenade. The idea was that
people would be able to stroll from the mall (at the north end) down to
the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on Ocean Blvd (to
the south), and that the route in between would blossom into some
Alas, that never happened. In the 1970's, Long Beach was going through a rough economic period, and downtown was pretty ratty at the time. The
Long Beach Plaza mall failed miserably. The downtown denizens simply
couldn't support it. So it closed and sat empty for years, before
being torn down and replaced by a simpler outdoor shopping center
featuring a Walmart.
Although Long Beach eventually
recovered, and worked a virtual miracle with their downtown &
waterside renovation, the poor Promenade never really caught on. Nor did
it ever drew the expected crowds of pedestrians. It remained a
mostly underused thoroughfare - as most of the retail/restaurant action
shifted to nearby Pine Avenue.
Most recently they have been
building residential condos on each side of the Promenade - which is
improvement - even if it isn't what they initially imagined for the
walkway . These fountains are part of one recent condo development
I shot the photos below in November 2011.
(In the first two photos, the camera is looking east, towards the Promenade.)
Here is an aerial
photo of the location. And here is a map
Here is a Google StreetView, looking south down the Promenade from Broadway.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
me know that they had filmed something on the Promenade, so I kept an
eye out for it. When I spotted this scene, my first guess was that
this must be the Promenade, but I didn't remember ever seeing those fountains
on Promenade during my visits there. So I checked aerial
photos, and there were no fountains to be seen there, either.
Then, I realized two things: One,
the fountains aren't on the Promenade itself, but rather on a side
street. And two, those fountains didn't exist when most of those
aerial photos were shot - 133 Promenade is apparently a rather
recent development. Most aerial photos show only construction
under way, where the fountains are now. But when I Googled for
"fountains, long beach promenade", I came up with a page about the 133 project.
So I grabbed my camera and drove down there to check it out in person. Sure enough, it was the right place.
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