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Only Here Podcast: Lowriders Built By The Border

A line of lowriders parked on Logan Avenue in Barrio Logan for the La Vuelta ...

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Above: A line of lowriders parked on Logan Avenue in Barrio Logan for the La Vuelta cruise on July 17, 2019.

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La Vuelta is a biweekly car cruise in Barrio Logan that runs through the summer. The event has become the heart of lowrider culture here in San Diego.

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Aired: October 2, 2019 | Transcript

Lowriders are big in Japan.

These days, the customized, slow and low to the ground cars and bikes can be found almost anywhere. Lowriding is a culture created by Chicanos and exported all over the world.

But at the border, the lowrider scene is a lifeline. For lots of people here, lowriders are much more than just a hobby.

The culture that’s coalesced around lowriders on both sides of the border has offered some people here salvation. It’s given new meaning and purpose to peoples’ lives — from deportees in Tijuana to military veterans struggling with PTSD in San Diego.

In this episode of "Only Here," a KPBS podcast about art, culture and life at the Western Hemisphere’s busiest border crossing, we bring you a story about lowriders as life rafts.

Only here can you find such a crucial lowrider culture on both sides of the wall.


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These are cross-border stories that connect us. Border people often inhabit this in-between place. From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells personal stories from this place — stories of love, hope, struggle and survival from border crossers, fronterizxs and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall. Rooted in San Diego with tendrils reaching into Tijuana. Hosted by Alan Lilienthal, produced by Kinsee Morlan and sound design by Emily Jankowski.

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