The Mission is trying to revive the art, culture and social tradition of lowriding that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s before being outlawed by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Lowriders returned to La Raza Park in San Francisco last weekend and cruised down 24th Street in what aficionados hope will again become a weekly tradition.
Roberto Hernández, a Mission native, told El Tecolote that back in the late 1970s, he and some friends would go cruising in La Raza Park, which was then an empty lot, known simply as "the lot."
"Lowriding is an art form," said Hernández. "If you look at every car, it's got the spirit and the soul and the heart of the lowrider who owns that car."
Photographs of the cars can be viewed in an audio slideshow by Suzy Salazar and Roberto Daza
on El Tecolote's web site.