Scenes from Joppa / by Brian Maschino

Joppa, pronounced "Joppee" by its locals, sits humbly between a line of industrial sites on I-45 and the Trinity River in south Dallas, almost entirely shut out from the rest of the world by a thick canopy of trees throughout.

Named after the biblical, Israeli city of Joffa, Joppa was settled as a freedman's town in the late 1860s by former slaves of the nearby Miller plantation.

This selection of photos are outtakes from an assignment following air pollution and ecological damage imposed by the neighboring industrial sites.  During peak business hours, a strong stench and thick air composed of dust particulate fills Joppa and is said to coat leaves of the canopy, suffocating the trees. Read more on these concerns from the Dallas Observer.