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Heroes Mural Raises Question: Why Do Only Film Shoots Get Cool Alleys?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 06:47PM
Heroes Mural Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The NBC show Heroes is filming in this Historic Core alley this weekend, and part of set preparation has been to paint this large mural.

The NBC show Heroes is shooting in the Historic Core on Saturday and Sunday, and part of the set preparation has involved painting a large, colorful mural of an exploding Earth on Frank Court, the alley between Spring and Broadway. It's a big change for the typically non-descript alley, but one that will only last the weekend.

Alleys are a forgotten resource Downtown, a public right of way often closed off behind private gates. Often it's film shoots that give those of us who live Downtown a glimpse of what the possibilities for re-activating these spaces might be.

Downtown does have a few interesting alley examples, of course. St. Vincent's Alley offers public right of way as food court, while Harlem Alley is home to Lost Souls Cafe and future retail uses.

The Planning Department's Urban Design Group recently published a set of Downtown Street Standards. The section on alleyways calls for their preservation, but only speaks to their use for vehicles and loading.

As for the Heroes shoot, it looks to be a lively one, with gunshots and a car chase.

ACTIVITY ADDED: EXTERIOR SEMI-AUTOMATIC FULL LOAD GUNFIRE, 6/21 & 6/22. Occasional traffic and pedestrian control. Driving scenes. Camera and equipment on sidewalk, in curb lane & across street. Exterior dialogue. Chase scene. Generator. Picture vehicles. Prep in alley on 6/19 - 6/20, 7:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Painting mural and cleaning alley Prep on 7th St. 6/21, 7:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Set dressing stores. FILMLA MONITOR REQUIRED: 6:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

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