An alleyway beside the historic 4th Avenue Theatre in downtown Anchorage is now off limits to people looking for an impromptu public bathroom.

The pedestrian tunnel between the theater and First National Bank of Alaska had become known as a place for passersby -- from homeless to clubgoers -- to relieve themselves. City spokeswoman Lindsey Whitt said Mayor Dan Sullivan directed the city's facilities department to work with the building's owners in putting up gates Thursday that would allow bank employees to exit the building if needed, but not allow for public entry.