|Address||3371 Habersham Road |
Atlanta, Georgia 30305, United States
|| 00, 1952
Feb 03, 2021 08:04pm
|Info||Councilwoman Mary Norwood, Post 2 At-Large, brings a broad and deep record of civic improvement, strong business credentials, energy and integrity to the Atlanta City Council. |
Through more than a decade of community activism, Mary has developed expertise in environmental, preservation, zoning, traffic, public safety, housing and homeless issues.
In her years as an activist prior to her election to Atlanta City Council, citywide, she lobbied for over 60 issues and had a 98% track record of success.
As a city councilmember she has worked on numerous issues, including:
* PUBLIC SAFETY: COURT SYSTEM
Worked with representatives of both the judicial system and our police to help establish two new initiatives: 1) Community Restorative Boards at Juvenile Court—boards comprised of community leaders to assist in deciding appropriate restitution for youthful offenders, and 2) “Court Watch” at Superior Court, whereby communities are notified when repeat offenders in their neighborhoods are brought before the court.
* PUBLIC SAFETY: GA STATE PATROL
Worked with the State Legislature to procure the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol to respond to traffic incidents on the Interstates within the city limits. This initiative has freed-up Atlanta Police Officers to patrol our neighborhoods and business districts.
* COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: INFILL
Worked to revise our city's zoning ordinance to accommodate appropriate infill in the city's residential neighborhoods. During this process, she sponsored the formation of a consortium of professional organizations in the development industry - led by the American Institute of Architects-Atlanta Chapter - to work with the city to formulate and propose changes to the City's Residential Zoning Code. This nationally-acclaimed legislation received a State of Georgia Planning Award.
* COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: MORTAGAGE FRAUD & FORECLOSURE
Worked with city departments and members of the community to reduce blight in city neighborhoods. Recognizing the deleterious effect of mortgage fraud and foreclosures, she implemented strategies to market the livability of all Atlanta communities, including securing a Home Depot sponsorship of “Atlanta's Secret Places” at the Atlanta Home Show in Spring and Fall 2008.
* COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: HOME OWNERSHIP / AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Worked with the City's Housing Department to initiate a "Home Atlanta Program", offering down payment assistance and low interest mortgages. This program has had phenomenal success with new homeowners purchasing homes in neighborhoods all across the city and committing their time, money, and energy to building a better city.
* COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: HOMELESS
Advocate for the City of Atlanta and other entities to employ homeless men and women to clean Atlanta's streets, beginning with the SUPERB Project which she formed in 2002. Homeless men and women from Samaritan House's Clean Street Teams now provide valuable city on-street and right-of-way de-littering.
Beginning with the Metro Chamber's Transportation Council in the 1990's, she has advocated for transit and transportation improvements to free up the gridlock that plagues our city and our region. She surveyed citizens across the city to identify the worst traffic bottlenecks. This list of the Top 10 Worst Bottlenecks List was included in the City's submission to the Atlanta Regional Commission's Transportation Improvement Plan – the only empirical data outside of the Department's internal analysis.
* WATER AND SEWER: NANCY CREEK TUNNEL
Realizing the impact of the sewer overflows in the Nancy Creek basin and prior to joining the Atlanta City Council, she formed a grassroots organization to advocate for the Nancy Creek Sewer Tunnel. This project was completed on time (without time extensions) and underbudget. A Technical Advisory Committee consisting of engineers oversaw the 2-year project and provided invaluable technical assistance and expertise to the City's team.