Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

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

Protesters in downtown Pittsburgh.

In Police Violence, the Fates of Cities and Suburbs Are Intertwined

Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted for killing black teen Antwon Rose. This has ramifications for the greater Pittsburgh area.

Why Can’t We Close the Racial Wealth Gap?

A new study says that income inequality, not historic factors, feeds the present-day gulf in wealth between white and black households.

Walter Gibson wears two rifles strapped to his back

Will Pittsburgh’s Gun Control Laws Get More Black People Killed?

African Americans worry that Pittsburgh’s new gun control proposals could leave them more vulnerable to racist and state-sponsored violence.

A member of the Krewe of Zulu marches during their parade Mardi Gras day in New Orleans.

Zulu Mardi Gras Blackface: Heritage or Hate?

The reasons for granting the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club of New Orleans an annual waiver on blackface during Mardi Gras are growing paler by the moment.

A demonstrator chants as he marches through the streets during protests in Chicago.

Chicago Will Have a Black Mayor Despite Its Shrinking Black Population

Despite the fact that Chicago has been losing African-American residents at record rates, the city will elect a new black mayor for the first time since 1983.

Black Cities Ain’t Going Nowhere

A new Brookings Institution report shows how black migration patterns have been reshaping the urban landscape, particularly in the South.

A gun-control rally in Pittsburgh's Market Square, Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Inside Pittsburgh's Battle Over Gun Control Laws

Pittsburgh could be the bellwether city in Pennsylvania, defying state law to pass gun control ordinances, but first it has to get past its own district attorney.

Why Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Won’t Back Down on Gun Control

After the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stands committed to gun control legislation despite a direct confrontation with Pennsylvania state law.

A boarded-up bank

Are Reparations Baltimore’s Fix for Redlining, Investment Deprivation?

The solutions to Baltimore’s inequitable financing problems must be as radical as the policies that segregated the city in the first place, says Lawrence Brown.

Photo of a climate-justice march near the White House.

How Can the Green New Deal Deliver Environmental Justice?

There’s a reason why climate-change legislation failed in the past. Environmental-justice advocates don’t want the Green New Deal to repeat those mistakes.

Anthony Davis Is the NBA’s Amazon

Cities’ pursuit of NBA New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is eerily reminiscent of how they vied for Amazon HQ2. We probably have to get used to it.

Mattie Freeland on her porch.

Mattie Freeland’s Green Vision for a Black Atlanta Neighborhood

As Atlanta prepares for Super Bowl LIII, a new urban park in the stadium’s shadow is trying to revitalize the struggling neighborhood English Avenue.

Maybe Marilyn Mosby Shouldn’t Have the Power to Prosecute Weed Anyway

Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby is the latest top prosecutor to decide to no longer try weed-related drug cases, but should it be up to them to decide?

Inscriptions on a Confederate monument in Linn Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alabama Can’t Make Birmingham Display Confederate Monument

The legal decision was monumental both for its dismantling of a pro-Confederate law and the implications for cities’ rights in the face of states’ rights.

Two men plant a young tree in a lot in Detroit.

Why Detroit Residents Pushed Back Against Tree-Planting

Detroiters were refusing city-sponsored “free trees.” A researcher found out the problem: She was the first person to ask them if they wanted them.

Angela Y. Davis addresses a crowd at the New England School of Law Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.

Why Angela Davis Doesn’t Fit Into Birmingham’s Civil Rights Narrative

The revocation of the Shuttlesworth award for Angela Davis by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute highlights who is deciding the city’s civil rights narrative.

A photo of marchers in Memphis commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 2018.

2018 Was Just 1968 All Over Again

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated. But the racist housing and policing policies he was fighting are still with us.

Photo of a census envelope

Would Top Census Officials Hand Over Citizenship Status Data?

“No,” says a former chief demographer; they would resign before allowing the Trump administration to violate the confidentiality prized by Census Bureau culture.

Stockbridge, Georgia

Why the Vote to Secede From a Black City Failed in Georgia

There were many reasons to oppose letting Eagle’s Landing tear apart the city of Stockbridge, but it shouldn’t have even been on the ballot in the first place.

A home with a sign that says auction.

The Brazen Redlining Happening in Cleveland

A real estate agency has made a modern redlining map of Cleveland, but in a time of rising home prices, some say it might have the unintended effect of keeping housing affordable.