Shingle Mountain is the spark that gave Southern Sector Rising Life. The abandoned baby of Blue Star Recycling, it is the largest illegal dumpsite in the city and made of 100,000 pounds of hazardous material. The mountain of contaminants sits close enough to residential homes to make those living beside it cough up black phlegm. Horses in the surrounding community have died, and residents have developed breathing issues that require routine pulmonologist visits.
Joppa and Industrial Pollution
Joppa is a freedmen’s town founded by former slaves and still inhabited today by mostly Black and Brown residents. As such, the welfare of those who live there is an afterthought in the mind of the city. It is surrounded by industrial plants and has the highest per capita pollution of any community in Dallas.