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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.

These days, the customized slow- and low-to-the-ground cars and bikes can be found almost anywhere. Lowriding has become a culture created by Chicanos and exported all over the world. It’s big ... Read more →

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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“Only Here” is about the unexplored subcultures, creativity and struggles at the U.S.-Mexico border. The KPBS podcast tells personal stories from people whose lives are shaped by the tension reverberating around the wall. This is a show for border babies, urban explorers or those who wonder what happens when two cultures are both separated and intertwined.

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