Dallas Observer

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.

Dallas Police Memorial by Brian Maschino

Dallas police and city officials marched downtown for the annual Dallas Police Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The first time since the July 2016 ambush downtown, Dallas added the name of Officer Rogelio Santander to their police memorial adjacent to city hall this week. Santander died last month after an incident at a Lake Highlands Home Depot.

Dallas’ own Police Memorial Day falls after the national May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day, which many departments and cities recognize during Police Week.

Inside (and out) the annual NRA Meetup by Brian Maschino

Thousands descended upon Dallas for the National Rifle Association's Annual Meetings & Exhibits at Kay Bailey Hutchison the weekend of May 4, 2018. The highlight of the convention included speaking moments by Vice-President Mike Pence and President Donald J. Trump during the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) Leadership Forum, Saturday morning and afternoon.

Despite a sharp increase in anti-NRA and gun-reform rhetoric locally and nationwide, the NRA safely held their convention while protests periodically broke out across the street at Dallas City Hall - both large and minimally attended.