Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

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

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?

How Police Are Using Stop-and-Frisk Four Years After A Seminal Court Ruling

The judge who ruled NYC’s use of the practice unconstitutional reflects on progress in policing.

A white nationalist demonstrator in Charlottesville

Averting the Next Charlottesville

Several other white supremacist rallies are already shaping up for the coming weeks. Cities are grappling with how they'll handle the unwelcome visitors.

Marita Garrett

The Case for Saving the Small Black City

Wilkinsburg has not succumbed to the momentum to be absorbed into neighboring Pittsburgh. And its first black woman mayor is ramping up the fight to protect her community's distinct interests.

Is Tesla Really Making Progress?

The answer lies in who gets to define it.

After the funeral for Freddie Gray

Is It Time to Start Embracing Police Body Cams Yet?

In Baltimore, criminal justice authorities may have finally figured out how to use police cam footage to achieve some semblance of justice.

Inside the New Partnership Between Airbnb and the NAACP

The NAACP would like to see more African Americans participating in the Airbnb rental market—is that a good thing?

Attorney General's Civil Asset Forfeiture Orders Are 'Irrelevant' in Philadelphia

Jeff Sessions has ordered prosecutors to continue seizing property from suspects, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime, to help finance law enforcement practices. Philadelphia is moving in the opposite direction.

Boston City Government Has A Racial Pay Disparity Problem

There is a significant gap in the earnings of white employees and people of color. A new racial equity strategy for the city plans to correct that.

Ashton Kutcher is interrupted by am Airbnb protester at a panel in Los Angeles.

Why the Airbnb Civil Rights Settlement Matters

We now have a foundation to work from on how to remedy racial discrimination in the sharing economy.

Four New York City police officers arresting a man.

The Price of Defunding the Police

A new report fleshes out the controversial demand to cut police department budgets and reallocate those funds into healthcare, housing, jobs, and schools. Will that make communities of color safer?

Criminal Justice Reform Survives Its First Stress Test

Why didn’t the fall of former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on fraud and corruption charges doom his reform-minded agenda?  

An Elegy for 'The Hood'

The death of the rapper Prodigy raises a few questions: Is “the hood” over—and why did we ever need it to begin with?

Members of a tenants' organization in East Harlem gather outside the office of landlord developer Dawnay, Day Group, as lawyers attempt to serve the company with court papers on behalf of tenants, during a press conference in New York. The tenant's group, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, filed suit against Dawnay, Day Group, the London-based investment corporation "for harassing tenants by falsely and illegally charging fees in attempts to push immigrant families from their homes and gentrify the neighborhood," said Chaumtoli Huq, an attorney for the tenants.

Toward Being a Better Gentrifier

There’s a right way and a wrong way to be a neighbor during a time of rapid community change.

A New Divestment Movement Against Trump Gears Up

New York City has pledged to divest its pension holdings from companies involved in the private prison industry. But the ultimate goal is to help build a mass movement against the White House.

Bradford Young gestures

Bradford Young Trains His Lens on Pittsburgh's Hill District

Hollywood’s new wunderkind cinematographer took time out of his schedule filming Arrival and Star Wars to visit and interpret the photography of Pittsburgh’s legendary Charles “Teenie” Harris.