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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Atlanta Housing Authority sues to kill deal to subsidize homes for affluent residents
 The Atlanta Housing Authority filed suit Friday against one of its longtime development partners to kill a deal that could
            
            push the agency to subsidize homes for affluent residents. The deal to sell one quarter of the agency’s vacant land to Integral Group at below market value would be “unconscionable...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Atlanta Housing Authority filed suit Friday against one of its longtime development partners to kill a deal that could push the agency to subsidize homes for affluent residents. The deal to sell one quarter of the agency’s vacant land to Integral Group at below market value would be “unconscionable...
Atlanta Beltline Inc. CEO to leave with big boost in severance pay
 Atlanta Beltline Inc. has been under fire for failing to build mandated affordable housing. Credit: Jill Vejnoska jfejnoska@ajc.com Atlanta Beltline Inc. CEO Paul Morris is 
            leaving his post with a parting gift worth tens of thousands of dollars, agency records show. A new employment contract approved before Morris’ resignation...

Posted: 24 days ago

Atlanta Beltline Inc. has been under fire for failing to build mandated affordable housing. Credit: Jill Vejnoska jfejnoska@ajc.com Atlanta Beltline Inc. CEO Paul Morris is leaving his post with a parting gift worth tens of thousands of dollars, agency records show. A new employment contract approved before Morris’ resignation...
Atlanta nightclub owner named in AJC investigation sentenced to federal prison
 An Atlanta nightclub operator was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday to more than two years in prison for stealing federal
            funds from a city jobs program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said. Kevin Edwards, 46, was sentenced Aug. 25, 2016 to two years and three months in prison in the theft of federal job training...

Posted: 27 days ago

An Atlanta nightclub operator was sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday to more than two years in prison for stealing federal funds from a city jobs program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said. Kevin Edwards, 46, was sentenced Aug. 25, 2016 to two years and three months in prison in the theft of federal job training...
Beltline CEO steps down; New head to focus on affordable housing
 Atlanta Beltline CEO Paul Morris stepped down on Wednesday, bowing to pressure from complaints that his efforts to add affordable housing along the planned 22 miles of trails and greenspace were anemic. Morris made little progress on the ambitious plan’s mandate to build 5,600 affordable homes along the project, which is turning a ...

Posted: 29 days ago

Atlanta Beltline CEO Paul Morris stepped down on Wednesday, bowing to pressure from complaints that his efforts to add affordable housing along the planned 22 miles of trails and greenspace were anemic. Morris made little progress on the ambitious plan’s mandate to build 5,600 affordable homes along the project, which is turning a ...
Beltline CEO Paul Morris out after agency’s recent troubles on affordable housing 
 Atlanta Beltline CEO Paul Morris is stepping down from his post after a tenure that recently became rocky because of issues over affordable housing.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office issued a statement about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, just hours after the Atlanta Beltline board met to discuss Morris’ possible departure. ...

Posted: 29 days ago

Atlanta Beltline CEO Paul Morris is stepping down from his post after a tenure that recently became rocky because of issues over affordable housing.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office issued a statement about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, just hours after the Atlanta Beltline board met to discuss Morris’ possible departure. ...
No winners in Saturday’s Powerball drawing; jackpot now $650 million
 No, you didn’t hit Saturday night’s $541.9 million Poweball jackpot. No one else did, either. But you could be a new millionaire. Tickets sold in South Carolina and Tennessee won $2 million prizes, while winning tickets worth $1 million were sold in California, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Saturday&rsquo...

1:40 PM Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

No, you didn’t hit Saturday night’s $541.9 million Poweball jackpot. No one else did, either. But you could be a new millionaire. Tickets sold in South Carolina and Tennessee won $2 million prizes, while winning tickets worth $1 million were sold in California, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Saturday&rsquo...
Beltline CEO: I put affordable housing first, but deserve a ‘C’ for effort
 The head of the agency in charge of building Atlanta’s Beltline gave himself a “C” for the effort he put into building the
            project’s mandated affordable housing Wednesday, but stressed that he’s still the right person for the job. Paul Morris is president and CEO of Atlanta Beltline Inc. After The...

5:48 PM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

The head of the agency in charge of building Atlanta’s Beltline gave himself a “C” for the effort he put into building the project’s mandated affordable housing Wednesday, but stressed that he’s still the right person for the job. Paul Morris is president and CEO of Atlanta Beltline Inc. After The...
Atlanta to future mayor: the rent is too darn high
 July 8, 2017 Atlanta – New luxury homes are rising next door to older bungalows in the Old Fourth Ward. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Want proof that 
            Atlanta’s affordable housing crisis is causing real pain? Consider the latest poll on the city’s mayoral race. The 
            WXIA-TV survey shows that 56 percent...

10:34 AM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

July 8, 2017 Atlanta – New luxury homes are rising next door to older bungalows in the Old Fourth Ward. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Want proof that Atlanta’s affordable housing crisis is causing real pain? Consider the latest poll on the city’s mayoral race. The WXIA-TV survey shows that 56 percent...
Police agencies applaud DOJ move to ramp up asset seizures
 Georgia law enforcement agencies lost access to millions of dollars in potential funding when the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 all but shut down a practice criticized as encouraging policing for profit. Now state law enforcement leaders are welcoming U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Wednesday announcement that the department...

11:06 PM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Georgia law enforcement agencies lost access to millions of dollars in potential funding when the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 all but shut down a practice criticized as encouraging policing for profit. Now state law enforcement leaders are welcoming U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Wednesday announcement that the department...
How Atlanta Beltline affordable housing funds created a $340,000 condo
 The Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing was converted in 2012 with Atlanta Beltline affordable housing funds. Five years later,
               sales prices are out of reach for most locals. The Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing along Atlanta’s Beltline were 
            supposed to be a bulwark against housing prices that experts predicted...

10:55 AM Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

The Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing was converted in 2012 with Atlanta Beltline affordable housing funds. Five years later, sales prices are out of reach for most locals. The Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing along Atlanta’s Beltline were supposed to be a bulwark against housing prices that experts predicted...
How the Atlanta Beltline broke its promise on affordable housing
 Five years ago, the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing were intended to be a bulwark against the rising housing costs that were threatening to turn the Atlanta Beltline into a boardwalk for the rich. Developers spent $5.1 million to transform the aging warehouse in a historically black neighborhood into condos, and Atlanta Beltline Inc., the...

6:00 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

Five years ago, the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing were intended to be a bulwark against the rising housing costs that were threatening to turn the Atlanta Beltline into a boardwalk for the rich. Developers spent $5.1 million to transform the aging warehouse in a historically black neighborhood into condos, and Atlanta Beltline Inc., the...