Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is a staff writer at CityLab. He was previously the justice editor at Grist.

Why a Philadelphia Judge Is Sending Rapper Meek Mill to Prison

Philadelphia is supposed to be the city of brotherly love and criminal justice reform. Why is Meek Mill back in prison?

The Impacts of Segregation on Discrimination in America

A new nationwide poll shows that African Americans are more often feeling discrimination not in suburbs but in urban neighborhoods.

How New Jersey Is Leading the Post-Bail Revolution

A new report shows how far the rest of the U.S. has to go to catch up on bail reform.

What It's Like To Be the Only Black Art Commissioner in a City

It’s an interesting time to be an African-American city official with authority over whether racially controversial statues and monuments should remain standing.

A Design Dilemma: How to Visualize the Trauma of Slavery

Landscape designer Walter Hood talks about his vision for the International African American Museum, which is scheduled to open in Charleston, South Carolina next year.

The Side Pittsburgh Doesn't Want You to See

Pittsburgh filmmaker Chris Ivey has spent over twelve years documenting the lives of the people displaced so that the city can achieve its “cool” status.  

Rebuilding Puerto Rico From the Grassroots Up

Longtime environmental justice activist Elizabeth Yeampierre is helping spearhead a national day of action on creating a “just recovery” for Puerto Rico. Here’s what that means.

Black Design Still Matters

In 2014, students of color at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design were wondering how they could better impact social justice issues. Less than three years later, they’ve built a movement.     

When it Comes to Tech, Racial Disparities Are Far Worse Than Gender Disparities

Race, not gender, is the larger obstacle in limiting minority women from taking managing and executive positions in the tech industry.

There's Something Familiar About the Russian 'Blacktivist' Campaign

It’s a technique the FBI’s COINTELPRO program perfected in the 1960s.

Municipal Courts' War on Poor People, Explained

A new federal report lays out why sending people to jail for unpaid fines is still a major problem that can’t be fully quantified across the U.S.

If Jeff Sessions Talked About Rogue Pharmacists the Way He Talks About Gangs

Opioids claim more lives than bullets, so why is the Trump administration so hyper-focused on city gangs?

Sports Teams Should Reflect the Values of the Cities That Host Them

Given the investment that cities make into professional sports franchises, team owners do not have the luxury of ignoring the politics of their environs.

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

A Pew report shows that nearly a third of white Americans under the age of 30 have “cold” feelings for the police. Recent court rulings and decisions made by the Trump administration this year might help explain why.

Why Houston Housing Is Poised to Get More Expensive and Unequal

If the post-Katrina New Orleans experience is any indication, the development of low-income housing in Houston will be a long time coming.

In this photo combination, evacuees wade down Tidwell Road in Houston on August 28, 2017, top, as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise, and a car drives down the same road on September 5, bottom, after the water receded.

Zoned for Displacement

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may have hit white and non-white families alike, but it will be people of color who will have the toughest time getting their homes back, which is by design.

When the Road of the Future Looks a Lot Like the Past

Pittsburgh is planning to revive a radical alternate vision for its Boulevard of the Allies, in an effort to reconnect a long-bypassed neighborhood.

A man stands in front of a store in New Orleans on Super Sunday, 2010

How New Orleans Has Failed Its Workers Since Katrina

2016 was the first year since Hurricane Katrina that more people left New Orleans than moved in domestically—that has a lot to do with the dismal job market that continues to repel young professionals.

What Cities Really Need to Tackle the Opioid Crisis and Mental Health

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray has taken her city’s plan for addressing substance abuse and mental illness and expanded it to 185 cities.

A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is lowered to a truck for removal Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans.

Building New Monuments of Truth in New Orleans

They took down the statue. Now activists are asking themselves: What kind of replacement can actually honor the spirit of that fight?