Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.

VIDEO: University of Phoenix imagines nonexistent downtown Los Angeles elevated train in new ad

University of Phoenix

The Metro Red Line going through downtown Los Angeles in a University of Phoenix ad — which it doesn't do in real life. (Seriously, go downtown and look up.)

A commercial for the University of Phoenix includes the Metro Red Line going through downtown Los Angeles — in the air, right past the Bonaventure Hotel. It may be easy to imagine an elevated train with all of the sky bridges in downtown, but no, there’s no elevated train there.

The ad connects the power of imagination with the power of education, with a train that takes you to where you want to work, so it’s not completely absurd for this to be part of the ad. Or maybe they just thought it looked prettier to have the Metro with the downtown hustle and bustle surrounding it.

The real-life Red Line is fully underground, but in the ad, it heads west over Flower Street at 4th.

Do you wish there was a real elevated train running through downtown? Perhaps a Disney-style monorail? Let us know in the comments.

(Hat tip: L.A. Observed)

blog comments powered by Disqus