Tanvi Misra

“Charles F. Chandler Papers,” Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library

This 19th Century 'Stench Map' Shows How Smells Reshaped New York City

Malodorous industries moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, shifting the industrial landscape.

New York Public Library/William Meyers

These Beautiful Photos Capture Everyday Moments in NYC's Outer Boroughs

Photographer William Meyers documented ordinary life outside Manhattan in the 1990s and 2000s.


Why Americans Live Farther From Work Than They Did a Decade Ago

A new Brookings report finds that jobs have sprawled outside city centers and away from poor and minority suburbs.

Insightful Interaction/Natalia Bronshtein

200 Years of U.S. Immigration, in 1 Colorful Infographic

A new data visualization captures the waves of arrival.


This Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining

The invisible sidewalk ink puts a positive spin on the gloomy weather.


How Much Sprawl Costs America

More than $1 trillion, according to a new report.


This Illuminating Map Shows How Sunlight Bathes New Zealand's Capital

An interactive data viz tracks how many rays Wellington actually receives.

Single Atlas

Mapping Single Ladies and Gents Around the World

If your quest for "the one" spans oceans, here's an atlas that can guide you.

Jose Maria Cuellar / Flickr

What's Stopping Latinos From Using Public Libraries?

It's not because they don't like books.

Oregon Humanities

The Voices of the Displaced in Portland, Oregon

"Losing those spaces means that you lose a critical element of who you are."


Tackling Philly's Segregation Problem With Park Designs

Five projects are trying to transform public spaces and bring city residents together.


How the Twin Cities Are Closing Their Big Workforce Diversity Gap

Local leaders are using a "do-test-learn" approach that other cities can emulate.

AP Photo/Lisa Billings

How Black-Owned Businesses Help Reduce Youth Violence

A new study links growth in African American entrepreneurship to a decline in black youth violence between 1990 and 2000.

AP images

Why the Justice Department Chose These 6 Cities for Its Police-Community Relations Pilot

The government hopes they can serve as a blueprint for others across the country.

Railfan Atlas

Train Buffs Will Love This Atlas of Railway Photography

The map, created by a self-professed rail geek, plots geotagged train-related Flickr images.


Why America's Racial Wealth Gap Is Really a Homeownership Gap

Minorities are less likely to own a home, and get worse returns on the ones they do own.

Courtesy of Maria Möller

In New Orleans, Reviving the Memory of a Forgotten Chinatown

An artist commemorates the city's now-extinct Chinese business district.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

A Plan to Drastically Reduce New York's Poverty

A comprehensive package of assistance programs can lower the city's poverty rate by 69 percent.

World Resources Institute

Calculating the Cost of River Floods in an Age of Climate Change

A new interactive tool estimates the economic, urban, and demographic risks through 2030.