Though he agrees with the current majority vote of keeping away from Crenshaw for now, Kev can't stand by and watch the scene get trampled. "I figure if we let it die down, we'll lose a lot of people," he says. "The guys that (don't) wanna let it die down, we find other places to go and other things to do to keep everybody interested, and give them somewhere to go so we don't lose people. But this is our foundation-everything comes back to Crenshaw. We've got somewhere that's recognized nationally as the strip. We just have to learn and work with the city authorities and officials to try to get something where we can ride." Proposals that have floated amongst members have included permitting lowriding during limited Sunday hours, letting lowriders cruise Crenshaw every other Sunday, or even just allowing cruising one Sunday a month. They hope to meet with city and police officials soon to discuss a formal arrangement.
For their part, the Inglewood Police Department-which has jurisdiction over much of what's considered Crenshaw's main strip these days-claims it's open to sitting down with the lowriders to discuss the issue, but won't make any promises. "It all has to do with complaints from the public, from the residents, and from the businesses about traffic violations occurring on the street," explains Inglewood PD Lt. Mike McBride. "If everybody were on the street and they were obeying the traffic laws, there's nothing that the police could do. But the reality is, whenever these things happen, and the car clubs get there, there's all kinds of issues. There's lots of equipment violations that the cars have and they commit traffic violations. So, when those things happen, we go out there and we do aggressively enforce those things." The police say they're just doing their job, however, the Crenshaw lowriders feel unfairly targeted and believe that they're paying for past associations, as well as the antics of the Friday and Saturday night go-fast crowd. It all results in the currently quiet Sunday nights.
Switchman views this scene with a little less concern than most riders. "It's like anything," he says of Crenshaw. "Just give it a break for a minute, let [the police presence] die down, let the heat go down, and then just pop back up." That's in line with the old tactics regarding dealing with the law, but now that they're organized and the go-fast kids don't seem to be helping the situation, it's debatable whether or not that remains a viable approach to 'Shaw cruising's long-term future.
Regardless of the current conditions, Crenshaw's status as a major symbol of lowriding endures, as does the hope it will rise again. "It's like a tourist attraction now," Switchman explains. "Whenever somebody from out of town comes down here, 'Where's Crenshaw?' is the first thing that comes out of their mouth." But these days, the locals are more likely to be at a show in Ventura, San Bernardino, Orange County or even San Diego than actually on the 'Shaw.
"There's a comment I make in 'Sunday Driver,'" says Wally Dogg. "It's something to the effect of, 'There'll always be a Crenshaw.' That's when I had my chest stuck out. That was what, 10 years ago? And now, 10 years later, could I say that same statement? Will Crenshaw always be there? Probably, in some form or another. Some people might not recognize it as such, but it'll always be here." Wally's words are genuine as he continues, "I'd like to say that Crenshaw will always be the starting point, the Mecca, the Jerusalem, the whatever. And whatever develops behind that or after that is probably yet to come. Who has a crystal ball? Who really can tell the future? We just have to do the best we can, keep some of the traditions alive, and hope things don't change too dramatically." Kevin Lewis sums up the overall sentiment among true lowrider enthusiasts with one simple question. "What's lowriding without Crenshaw?" he asks.