SANTA FE, N.M. — Española is now officially declaring itself the “Lowrider Capitol of the World,” after years of using the phrase as an informal designation.
Española also has memorialized its status as a “cruise-friendly municipality” under a resolution passed by the City Council last week. The self-designation comes after several cruisers said they were harassed by Española police on Good Friday, a popular day for cruising in Española, in March.
“The City of Española proclaims itself the Lowrider Capitol of the World and a cruise-friendly municipality,” the resolution declares.
The resolution, at least in the draft form available online, does in fact use the spelling “capitol” – which refers to a government building, like the Roundhouse – and not “capital,” meaning the city that serves as a seat of government, as Santa Fe does for New Mexico.
MTV News’ Kurt Loder dubbed Española the “Lowrider Capital of the Country” during a 1993 news feature on lowriding in Española. But the city’s proud claim to be even the global capital has been used regularly in recent years, in the face of standard lowrider histories that trace lowriding’s roots to Southern California and its mid-20th-century hot rod culture.