Dexter Filming Locations: Travis Walking with Harrison

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The location: Travis with Harrison

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A public street.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In northeast downtown Miami, on or near Biscayne Blvd.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 12, the Season 6 finale: "This is the Way the World Ends"

    Crazy Travis Marshall, having discovered that Dexter has a son, has kidnapped Harrison from a preschool pageant.

    He plans to take him to the top of a skyscraper and sacrifice him during an eclipse - to bring on the End of the World.

    In this short scene, we see Travis walking down a city street, holding Harrison by the hand. (Harrison is still wearing a lion costume, part of his preschool "Noah's Ark" pageant.)

    Under his arm, Travis carries a basket filled with wood.

    As he nears the skyscraper, he stops and looks up at it, and we see how its shape resembles the three-peaked mountain which Travis had previously sketched.

    The scene then cuts to the roof of that building.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A public street.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. It will surprise no one familiar with Dexter's previous filming locations to learn that, once again, Long Beach stood in for Miami.

In this case, Travis and Harrison are walking south down the west side of the 100 block of Long Beach Blvd, in downtown Long Beach, CA.

This stretch of Long Beach Boulevard is between Broadway (to the north) and 1st Street (to the south).

The camera is looking north.

To the right, you can see a passenger station for Long Beach's Metro Blue Line light rail system.

( If you look closely, you can also catch a minor goof: The producers left a blue Press-Telegram newspaper rack on the sidewalk, as Travis passes by. The Long Beach Press-Telegram is, of course, a local newspaper, and shouldn't be in downtown Miami...)

This sidewalk runs right past the parking lot where they filmed the command center scene of Debra briefing the police about the crisis.

And, of course, it's right across the street from the "Transcorp Building", where they filmed the rooftop scenes.

(It's only from that northwest angle that the building resembles the three-pointed mountain that Travis painted.)

    I shot these photos in late 2011:

    In the first shot below, the camera is looking north up Long Beach Blvd, from 1st Street.

    The photo below is the northwest corner of the Comerica Bank tower, as seen from Long Beach Blvd.

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

And here is a Google StreetView of the "Transcorp Building", as seen by Travis from the street.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  This was an easy one.  I've been to Long Beach on many occasions, and it's impossible to miss those unique Metro Blue Line stations. (Not to mention that blue Press-Telegram newspaper rack on the sidewalk.)  And if that hadn't been enough, when Travis stops and looks up at the "Transcorp Building", it's obvious where he is in relation to the building.  A simple StreetView confirmed the match.  (I then went there and shot the matching photos above.)

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