Articles by Maria Saporta

Andrew Young on the road to recovery

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young views the past 45 days as a needed break from the ultra-busy life he has led as a global leader for more than six decades.

Young fell ill in May during a trip to Nashville where he was to give a speech at the baccalaureate at Fisk University – immediately getting admitted to the Vanderbilt Medical Center and then transferred to Emory University Hospital.


Jeff Parker: ‘It’s really the time and place for MARTA’ 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 23, 2018

When he was only 18 years old while at Northeastern University, Jeffrey A. Parker picked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for his internship so he could get a free transit pass. That launched Parker’s public transit career and led to him becoming MARTA’s new CEO and general manager. The MARTA board is scheduled to vote on Parker, the sole finalist, at a March 23 board meeting.


Column: Home Depot Foundation commits $6.3 million to help Westside

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 16, 2018

The Home Depot Foundation will be springing into spring with a $6.3 million commitment in Atlanta’s Westside communities.

The company foundation will hold its “Springing into Service” day on March 20 – the first day of Spring, when about 100 associates will be volunteering on community projects, including working at Vine City Park and making external home repairs at a couple of nearby houses with Westside residents.


Meet the man who was helping the Westside before it was cool 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 9, 2018

It was 2001 when Leonard Adamsfounded a nonprofit to provide low-income housing with support services in Atlanta’s Westside.

Over the past 17 years, the Quest Community Development Organization has developed several small affordable housing communities totaling 269 units and building $22 million in assets.

English Avenue residents concerned about proposed Brock development

For more than two years, residents of the Westside hashed out a land-use vision for their community with nationally-renowned planners.

Their vision – the Westside Land Use Framework Plan – was adopted by the Atlanta City Council in December giving residents and neighborhood advocates some comfort that their community was going to be developed in a way that would enhance the area yet not overwhelm it.


Column: Morehouse gets two $1 million gifts at anniversary gala 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2018

For the new Morehouse College President David Thomas, his first “A Candle in the Dark” gala held on Feb. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta was a special night event.

The 30th annual fundraising event, which celebrated the 151st anniversary of the founding of Morehouse College, raised $3.4 million for student scholarships.

Margaritaville, hotel development slated to demolish two historic buildings

Two historic buildings will be demolished if the proposed development of a 21-story hotel and Margaritaville resort and restaurant overlooking Centennial Olympic Park is approved.

The Downtown Development Review Committee met Thursday morning at the offices of Central Atlanta Progress where architects described why the developer is seeking six zoning variances for the proposed design.


Column: Two Atlanta nonprofits merge to better serve people with disabilities

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 9, 2018

Two Atlanta organizations serving people with disabilities have merged, sparking a “coming home” for both nonprofits.

The Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI), a nonprofit that provides job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, has merged with All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an organization that has offered direct services for people with developmental disabilities for more than 60 years.


Column: Effort launched to make metro Atlanta a ‘welcoming region’ 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2018

The national nonprofit Welcoming Americawould like for metro Atlanta to become a “welcoming region,” one that would embrace people of all races and ethnicities.

The nonprofit, which is based in Decatur, so far has reached agreements with 103 cities around the country that are now welcoming cities, including five in our region: Atlanta, Brookhaven, Clarkston, Decatur and Norcross.


Column: Atlanta CEO Jim Stephenson to chair U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 26, 2018

When Jim Stephenson, chairman and CEO of Yancey Bros, becomes chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on June 7, he will be the second Georgia businessman to lead that organization in less than 10 years.

Tom Bell, former CEO of Cousins Properties, served as U.S. Chamber’s chair in 2010/2011, and he still serves on its board.