John Mogk

John 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.

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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 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 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 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.