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Sidewalks Looked Empty as Streets were Packed

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008, at 01:20AM
Pete's Cafe, sans Tables Ed Fuentes

The patios in front of Pete's Cafe and Banquette have been removed for a few days for the filming of Eagle Eye, leaving a very empty sidewalk at 4th and Main streets. Main street (between 4th and 5th) and Winston street (from Los Angeles to Main) were closed to traffic yesterday, and will be shut down today as filming continues on Sunday from 7am to 10pm.

Businesses remaining open included Pete's Cafe, Banquette, Old Bank DVD and Metropolis Books. Blossom Restaurant was also open, but the new annex at Winston and Main was closed for use as a liquor store set for the Dreamworks film.

While Saturday's traffic backups on Spring, Main and 5th were mostly caused by filming related detours, they also had some help. Many freeway commuters were cutting through Downtown to avoid a major traffic snarl on the East L.A. interchange caused by an accident on the 5 Freeway, near 4th street, in Boyle Heights.

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