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.

Latest from Willoughby Mariano

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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...
Court rules feds can’t stop massive charges for many prison phone calls
 A federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to block phone companies from charging as much as $14 for a one-minute phone call on in-state prison phone calls, according to a recent report. Advocates for inmates have complained for more than a decade that a handful of private phone companies...

4:13 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

A federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to block phone companies from charging as much as $14 for a one-minute phone call on in-state prison phone calls, according to a recent report. Advocates for inmates have complained for more than a decade that a handful of private phone companies...
Report: Billionaire Trump confidant a “modern-day slumlord” in Atlanta
 A new investigation from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends used the housing crisis to become a major Atlanta “slumlord.” The report, “Profiting off pain,” focuses on Thomas J. Barrack, founder of Colony Starwood Homes. According to The New York Times...

9:02 PM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

A new investigation from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends used the housing crisis to become a major Atlanta “slumlord.” The report, “Profiting off pain,” focuses on Thomas J. Barrack, founder of Colony Starwood Homes. According to The New York Times...
In a diverse, sensitive culture, microaggressions are everyday indignities
 To many people, the concept of “microaggressions” was made up by a culture obsessed with political correctness and victimhood.  » Tell us a story about your experience of race  But not to mainstream psychologists. The experts say microaggressions aren’t just real but harmful. Microaggressions are the...

11:35 AM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

To many people, the concept of “microaggressions” was made up by a culture obsessed with political correctness and victimhood.  » Tell us a story about your experience of race  But not to mainstream psychologists. The experts say microaggressions aren’t just real but harmful. Microaggressions are the...
‘Where are you from?’ isn’t just a question; it’s a racial minefield
 Marisol Arguelles was not born on the planet Vulcan. Her family hails from Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. But if you ask her, “Where are you from?” she might claim extraterrestrial roots. » Examples of microaggressions, the daily indignities Like a lot of people whose ethnicity isn’t immediately apparent...

10:33 AM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Marisol Arguelles was not born on the planet Vulcan. Her family hails from Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. But if you ask her, “Where are you from?” she might claim extraterrestrial roots. » Examples of microaggressions, the daily indignities Like a lot of people whose ethnicity isn’t immediately apparent...
Microaggression: The indignities of daily life
 The word “microaggression” took off in the last decade like a match to a haystack. College students of color quickly embraced this way of describing day-to-day, often unintentional ethnic and racial slights to demand campus change. Critics called it political correctness run amok, while some said these slights are all in proponents&rsquo...

10:25 AM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

The word “microaggression” took off in the last decade like a match to a haystack. College students of color quickly embraced this way of describing day-to-day, often unintentional ethnic and racial slights to demand campus change. Critics called it political correctness run amok, while some said these slights are all in proponents&rsquo...
Bailed out of jail: An extraordinary Mother’s Day present
 Lashana Smith blinked through tears as she walked from Fulton County jail’s holding area into the arms of a dozen women she had never met. “Happy Mother’s Day!” the strangers said. “Thank you so much,” Smith, 38, replied, appearing dazed and even smaller than her five-foot-three frame. The mother of five...

7:47 PM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

Lashana Smith blinked through tears as she walked from Fulton County jail’s holding area into the arms of a dozen women she had never met. “Happy Mother’s Day!” the strangers said. “Thank you so much,” Smith, 38, replied, appearing dazed and even smaller than her five-foot-three frame. The mother of five...
So, where are you from?

6:39 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

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...