Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

A woman holds a sign saying 'Vote Yes on 2.'

How Louisiana’s Amendment 2 Will Make Black Jurors Matter

The Louisiana vote to end non-unanimous jury verdicts, plus a new law restoring voting rights to people who've been convicted of felony crimes, equals a hobbling attack on Jim Crow.

A tower in the middle of Stockbridge's main commercial district.

The Strangest Form of White Flight

The wealthy residents of Eagle's Landing voted Tuesday on whether to secede from the metro Atlanta city of Stockbridge, just after a black mayor and an all-black city council took office.

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses CityLab Detroit

Mitch Landrieu Is Not Running From Race

The former New Orleans mayor wants everyone to know that there is a way to talk about race in America, and Donald Trump—that ain’t it.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses CityLab Detroit.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Is Willing to Tear It All Down

In her first two years, the troubled city’s mayor has had no shortage of challenges and controversies.

People gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Was an Attack on Sanctuary

The neighborhood that was home to the Tree of Life Synagogue is a model of inclusivity in Pittsburgh. That’s why it was so vulnerable.

A sign says "wait here to vote" with a woman visible in the background.

Where Voter Suppression Hits Hardest in Georgia

In the swiftly diversifying Gwinnett County, the second largest county in Georgia, the best way to vote freely and fairly in the upcoming midterms is if you’re white.

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How Dismantling the Voting Rights Act Helped Georgia Discriminate Again

A decade ago, Georgia tried to implement a similar “exact-match” voter registration system but was thwarted by a key section of the Voting Rights Act. That section has been removed, leaving voters of color unprotected.