Daniel Denvir

Daniel Denvir

Daniel Denvir is a Rhode Island-based contributing writer to CityLab and a former staff reporter at Philadelphia City Paper.

The Scapegoating of Sanctuary Cities

San Francisco has become an anti-immigration punching bag in the wake of a grisly killing. But there’s little evidence that the city’s sanctuary law was to blame.

Juárez to Tourists: It's Safe to Come Back Now

The Mexican border city’s murder rate is nowhere near where it once was. But Americans haven’t gotten the message.

It's Mostly White People Who Prefer to Live in Segregated Neighborhoods

The idea that many Americans “voluntarily” choose to self-segregate by race is highly misleading.

The Big, Big, Big, Big Money Behind Tall Buildings

How super-luxury apartments became a major global investment tool.

Minneapolis Has Major Racial Disparities in Its Policing

A new ACLU report shows that arrests for low-level offenses in the city skew heavily toward blacks. Including arrests that don’t “fit any crime.”

Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way

A short history of how America’s urban voters stopped showing up at the polls.

It's Too Damn Hard to Convict Awful Cops

The latest outrageous acquittal, this time in Philadelphia.

How #BlackLivesMatter Is Changing the Philadelphia Mayor's Race

One Democratic candidate has switched up his rhetoric on criminal justice reform entirely, but voters don’t appear to be buying it.

1968 and the Invention of the American Police State

Baltimore's 1968 Holy Week Uprising was quite different from the events of this week. But the response to it helped set the stage for Freddie Gray.

Who Wants to Be a Police Officer?

How high-profile cases involving excessive force and racial bias are affecting U.S. law enforcement recruiting efforts.

Syphilis Is Surging, and U.S. Public Health Officials Aren't Sure Why

The sexually transmitted infection is easy to treat but can be difficult to detect.

The Legal Right to Videotape Police Isn't Actually All That Clear

And that includes in South Carolina.

What Rahm Emanuel's Win Means for the Left

The Chicago Mayor secured a second term Tuesday, but grassroots progressives in the Windy City still see opportunity. Are they right?

Indiana's Other Shame: A Reluctance to Authorize Needle Exchange Programs

As long as we're piling on Governor Mike Pence, let us not overlook a recent HIV outbreak in his state.

The Perils of Excessive Policing, in Both the U.S. and France

Neither country can afford to let the recent attacks in Paris distort the policy debate on the role of law enforcement.  

Defending Youngstown: One City's Struggle to Shrink and Flourish

"At some point you need to just turn the picture to the wall and move forward."

As Local Governments Shrink, Private Consultants Reap Rewards

Meet the high-paid experts who are pitching our cities and states on how to save money.

Dearborn: Where Americans Come to Hate Muslims

How a city of 97,000 became a must-visit location on the newly established anti-Muslim protest circuit.

The Paradox of Mexicantown: Detroit's Uncomfortable Relationship With the Immigrants it Desperately Needs

Mexicans have made a productive home for themselves in a city largely known for its shrinking population. So why are they being deported?

Great Moments in the History of Boondoggles

Three of the most embarrassing wastes of city taxpayer money ever recorded.