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Willoughby Mariano

Willoughby Mariano is on the AJC's watchdog team and an expert on housing and criminal justice issues. Contact her at wmariano@ajc.com.

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So, where are you from?

Posted: 13 days ago

So, where are you from? No. Where are you really from? Get this a lot? Even from complete strangers? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wants to talk to you. And if you have a habit of asking these questions, we’d like to talk to you, too. We’re writing about these questions and what they mean for Re: Race project, a new body of...
Atlanta Housing Authority closes deal with developer, then chastises him
The Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters. Atlanta Housing Authority board members voted Monday evening to build apartments with a developer who made inflammatory comments about the agency and public housing residents, but not without chastising him in an open meeting.

Posted: 29 days ago

The Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters. Atlanta Housing Authority board members voted Monday evening to build apartments with a developer who made inflammatory comments about the agency and public housing residents, but not without chastising him in an open meeting.
This is how Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor might help the rich instead
Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters Six years ago, Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor struck a deal that could now lead it to subsidize homes and shopping for the well-off, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found.

5:42 PM Monday, Mar. 13, 2017

Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters Six years ago, Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor struck a deal that could now lead it to subsidize homes and shopping for the well-off, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found.
How Atlanta’s housing agency for the poor might help the well-off instead
 Six years ago, as the Atlanta Housing Authority CEO was locked in a bitter political feud that would lead to her ouster, Renee Glover struck a deal with the developer who helped her transform the city’s crumbling public housing projects. AHA gave partnerships led by Integral Group, co-founded by prominent developer Egbert Perry, seven...

8:30 PM Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

Six years ago, as the Atlanta Housing Authority CEO was locked in a bitter political feud that would lead to her ouster, Renee Glover struck a deal with the developer who helped her transform the city’s crumbling public housing projects. AHA gave partnerships led by Integral Group, co-founded by prominent developer Egbert Perry, seven...
Gladys Knight severs ties to son’s chicken and waffles eatery
 Soul music legend Gladys Knight has won her bid to sever all ties to her son’s troubled chicken and waffle business, according to a recent settlement filed in Clayton County court. Shanga Hankerson must phase out all uses of Knight’s name, likeness and memorabilia from the downtown Atlanta restaurant formerly known as Gladys Knight&rsquo...

8:02 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

Soul music legend Gladys Knight has won her bid to sever all ties to her son’s troubled chicken and waffle business, according to a recent settlement filed in Clayton County court. Shanga Hankerson must phase out all uses of Knight’s name, likeness and memorabilia from the downtown Atlanta restaurant formerly known as Gladys Knight&rsquo...
Judge blocks part of Trump immigration ban
 A federal judge has blocked part of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and other foreign-born travelers from entering the country. The decision came as airports around the country - including Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport - detained travelers amid widespread confusion about what the...

2:36 AM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

A federal judge has blocked part of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and other foreign-born travelers from entering the country. The decision came as airports around the country - including Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport - detained travelers amid widespread confusion about what the...
Judge blocks part of Trump immigration order after detentions, chaos
 A federal judge temporarily blocked part of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration late Saturday night following a chaotic day in which foreign travelers from predominantly Muslim countries were detained at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the nation’s other ports of entry. In Atlanta...

12:53 AM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

A federal judge temporarily blocked part of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration late Saturday night following a chaotic day in which foreign travelers from predominantly Muslim countries were detained at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the nation’s other ports of entry. In Atlanta...
Some still detained at Atlanta airport amid confusion over Trump immigration order
 Four additional people - including a 76-year-old woman - are still being held at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by federal immigration authorities on Saturday after returning from Iran, according to relatives. Authorities are citing President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, signed late Friday. Earlier...

9:29 PM Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Four additional people - including a 76-year-old woman - are still being held at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by federal immigration authorities on Saturday after returning from Iran, according to relatives. Authorities are citing President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, signed late Friday. Earlier...
Fate of 40 Atlanta-bound refugees in limbo after Trump ban
 The fate of some 40 Atlanta-bound refugees is in limbo after President Donald Trump closed the U.S. border to all refugees trying to enter the U.S., the head of the local office of a refugee organization said Saturday. The refugees were already on their way from Asia and Africa when the executive order was signed Friday afternoon, said J...

4:25 PM Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

The fate of some 40 Atlanta-bound refugees is in limbo after President Donald Trump closed the U.S. border to all refugees trying to enter the U.S., the head of the local office of a refugee organization said Saturday. The refugees were already on their way from Asia and Africa when the executive order was signed Friday afternoon, said J...
When dangerous dogs rove your Atlanta neighborhood
The Westside Atlanta neighborhoods near where 6-year-old Logan Braatz was fatally mauled Tuesday are no stranger to roving dogs.

11:29 AM Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

The Westside Atlanta neighborhoods near where 6-year-old Logan Braatz was fatally mauled Tuesday are no stranger to roving dogs.
Forfeiture: Georgia was once one of the worst. Now? It’s not so bad.
 (Update and clarification. Jan. 20, 2017: The recent Institute for Justice report rates only the transparency of the forfeiture process in each state, not whether Georgia’s civil liberties protections have improved. While legislators have passed reforms, IJ’s most recent ranking of those protections still gives Georgia a D-. )...

11:45 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

(Update and clarification. Jan. 20, 2017: The recent Institute for Justice report rates only the transparency of the forfeiture process in each state, not whether Georgia’s civil liberties protections have improved. While legislators have passed reforms, IJ’s most recent ranking of those protections still gives Georgia a D-. )...