John E. Mogk

John E. Mogk is professor of law at Wayne State University. He is a scholar of urban issues and has advised the state, Wayne County and City of Detroit on numerous urban development initiatives.

Articles

Opinion | Michigan’s war vs. structural racism will need help

Opinion | Michigan’s war vs. structural racism will need help

August 19, 2020 | John E. Mogk

This summer, the nonprofit organization New Detroit declared war on racism. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, elected officials and policymakers must join the fight for it to matter.

Opinion | George Floyd's killing, unrest a result of structural racism

Opinion | George Floyd's killing, unrest a result of structural racism

June 1, 2020 | John E. Mogk

It takes a tragic killing such as George Floyd's and the rebellions that have followed for there to be a wake-up call that structural racism remains below the surface and alive in America.

Opinion | Abolish homeowner real property tax to spur Detroit's comeback

Opinion | Abolish homeowner real property tax to spur Detroit's comeback

April 9, 2019 | John E. Mogk

We won’t rebuild Detroit’s middle class without thinking outside the box. Here’s one idea.

Opinion | Michigan may soon be forced to pay cities under Headlee

Opinion | Michigan may soon be forced to pay cities under Headlee

May 17, 2018 | John E. Mogk

An appeals court is expected to soon decide whether the state is shorting Michigan local governments billions of dollars a year under the Headlee Amendment to the state constitution  

Why does Michigan honor a slave-holding senator, while forgetting a senator who fought slavery?

Why does Michigan honor a slave-holding senator, while forgetting a senator who fought slavery?

February 1, 2018 | John E. Mogk

Rethinking why we still celebrate U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, who owned and sold slaves, and helped implement national “Indian Removal” policies.

Bad government caused Detroit’s decline. Don’t blame the riot. (Slideshow)

Bad government caused Detroit’s decline. Don’t blame the riot. (Slideshow)

September 1, 2017 | John E. Mogk

Urban violence is the easy answer for the decline of Michigan’s largest city. But many policy decisions, before and after the unrest, played a larger part in depopulation and its related problems.