Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

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

The Quest for a New Black City in Georgia

A key state deadline this week determines whether predominantly African-American communities just outside Atlanta can vote to start their own city.

The Wakanda Reader

Everything you wanted to know about Wakanda and urbanism, but were afraid to ask.

Wakanda: The Chocolatest City

The new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther shows the benefits and the risks associated with sustaining and protecting a majority-black community.  

How Structural Racism is Linked to Higher Rates of Police Violence

It's not just implicit racial bias. According to a new study, state policies are also a determinant factor in police shootings that disproportionately target African Americans.

Solar panel installers work on the rooftops of some of Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods.

An Uncertain Future for Solar

Trump slapped tariffs on imported solar panels at a time when African Americans were seeing unique job growth in the industry.

California's Race to the Top on Cannabis

The drug war has a race problem. With pot newly legal, cities are making the case that legalization doesn't have to.

A Tale of Two State of the Unions

On SOTU night in D.C., crowds at an African-American church and a popular restaurant were unmoved by Trump’s claim to have boosted black employment.

The Great Migration: The First Moving-to-Opportunity Project

Did black migrants from the South put their children in a better economic position? A new study provides some answers.

Why Is Pennsylvania Still Suspending Driver's Licenses for Drug Offenses?

Close to 150,000 people have lost driving privileges in Pennsylvania between 2011 and 2016 because of a policy dating back to a 1991 federal law.

Black Urban Design in a 'Changing America'

"The city is the black man's land," reads one capsule in an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Its curator explains why design is a critical part of the post-1968 urban and suburban landscape—and the museum itself.

What Does Marijuana Justice Actually Look Like?

Senator Cory Booker’s bill to legalize marijuana is pretty ambitious, but not ambitious enough, says Harvard Law Review.

The Truth About Violent Crime in America's Cities

A new projection has violent crime rates dropping this year in the largest U.S. cities. Homicides remain alarmingly high in some places, but one takeaway is clear: There’s little evidence to support Jeff Sessions' claim of a "dangerous permanent" crime rise.

Baltimore activist Genard “Shadow” Barr speaks out against police violence in the HBO documentary "Baltimore Rising"

HBO Revisits the Baltimore Uprising

The activists at the center of a new documentary talk about the fate of the city’s struggling police reform efforts.

The Price Black Voters Paid to Defeat Roy Moore

Black voters endured waves of voter suppression to help elect Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, and it didn’t have to be that way.

The Questionable Imperative for a Black Mayor in Atlanta

The possibility that Atlanta could see its first white mayor in decades has elicited some vocal and prominent resistance. But what is the “Black Mecca” fighting for?

How Columbus's Majority-Black City Council Might be Violating the Voting Rights Act

A group of residents is out to prove that the Ohio city’s voting methods are racially discriminatory, despite the current makeup of its representatives.

The Arc of Gentrification Bends Toward Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s beef with gentrification in Brooklyn comes full circle in his new “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series.

Will Criminal Justice Reform Survive Under New Orleans' New Mayor?

How the mayoral race about criminal justice reform became a race about credit cards.

Cory Booker Wants to Tackle the 'Corporate Villainy' Behind Environmental Injustice

Senator Cory Booker recently introduced a bill that some say doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in today’s Congress. Here’s why he’s pushing it forward anyway.

Where Does Meek Mill Fit in this Supposed Era of Criminal Justice Reform?

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