Paving Paradise Part 9: The Long Road Ahead

The story of freight terminals in Perryman and across the region is still being written. Comprehensive legislation at a state and county level is needed to regulate these  transshipment points to protect communities from their myriad of social costs. Read “Paving Paradise” Part 9 » This is part nine of nine in the Paving Paradise […]

Paving Paradise Part 8: If You Build It

Efforts to stall development on Perryman are set against the backdrop of expanding industrial transportation infrastructure and pro-development state policies. Calls to prioritize community concerns over industrial warehouse development continue. Read “Paving Paradise” Part 8 » This is part eight of nine in the Paving Paradise series by Gabriel Watson of The Commons. We will […]

Paving Paradise Part 7: Unequal People

Perryman and its adjacent neighborhoods have higher percentages of People of Color and people earning lower incomes.  Disadvantaged communities across the country experience disproportionate industrial development compared to more affluent and White communities. Read “Paving Paradise” Part 7 » This is part seven of nine in the Paving Paradise series by Gabriel Watson of The […]

Paving Paradise Part 6: Poison in the Wells

TCE is a cancer-causing legacy pollutant once used by the military as a flame retardant.  In February 1992, TCE was detected at two of the nine Perryman wells.  Poorly handled runoff from distribution centers could further enhance risk. Read “Paving Paradise” Part 6 » This is part six of nine in the Paving Paradise series […]

Paving Paradise Part 5: Infinitely Impervious

Freight terminal development and stormwater runoff impacts not only residents, but also the surrounding environment. What’s lost when distribution centers are built is the cropland, forest, and wetlands – crucial habitat for local flora and fauna. Read “Paving Paradise” Part 5 » This is part five of nine in the Paving Paradise series by Gabriel […]

Paving Paradise Part 4: Something in the Air

Beyond the visible issues of tractor trailer traffic, the 18 wheelers contribute additional harm to community members, notably air, noise, and light pollution.  Scientific literature has robustly correlated emissions from diesel trucks with a host of health impacts. Read “Paving Paradise” Part 4 » This is part four of nine in the Paving Paradise series […]

Paving Paradise Part 3: Truck Trouble

The impacts of freight terminals on Perryman Peninsula are immediately evident, from trash to traffic.  The two-lane Perryman Road, the only major access to and from the peninsula, sees over 2,000 trucks and nearly 3,000 cars per day.  Traffic issues impact the ability for fire, police, and emergency medical services to reach the peninsula. Read […]

Paving Paradise Part 2: For Sale By Owner

For more than a century, the Mitchell family was the driving force of Perryman’s historic canning industry.  In 2015, the Mitchells sold 208 acres that is home to three freight terminals with another under development. Now the Mitchell family plans to sell an additional 711 acres in the center of Perryman that would house the […]

Paving Paradise Part 1: Local Problems, Global Forces

This is part one of nine in the Paving Paradise series by Gabriel Watson of The Commons. We will feature a new part each week. In part one of the series, Gabe depicts how the historic natural beauty of Perryman is threatened by the explosive growth of mega warehouse developments in Maryland.  The social and environmental […]