Tanvi Misra

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The 100-Year-Old Penalty for Being Black

Inherited racial disadvantage, more than poverty, explains why generations of African Americans have not reached economic parity with whites.

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Gentrification Doesn't Mean Diversity

A historically black D.C. neighborhood markets its diversity to lure Millennials. But what happens when the new arrivals never interact with the longtime residents?


When Housing Assistance Fails

An NPR and PBS investigation puts two housing assistance programs under the microscope—and finds fraud, discrimination, and wasted taxpayer dollars.


An Old Segregation Battle Meets the ‘Muslim Ban’

To defend its executive order, the Trump administration favorably cited a 1970 Supreme Court case that supported separation of races in a swimming pool in Mississippi.

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The Housing Gap That Won't Die

For black children in subsidized housing, their neighborhoods remain starkly separate and unequal.

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The Economics of Prison Boomtowns

In many towns in the rural South, new prison construction represents critical jobs and growth. But not everyone wins.

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Every U.S. County Has an Affordable Housing Crisis

This is a problem that transcends the rural-urban divide.

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Sanctuary Cities Are Winning

A federal court blocks Trump’s January executive order seeking to punish jurisdictions that divorce local policing from federal immigration enforcement.

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Anatomy of the 7 Train

How the most diverse subway line in America forges a shared urban identity, according to a new book.

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The Anti-Poverty Program That Transcends Divides

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit would help low- and middle-income taxpayers, regardless of their geography or political beliefs.

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Readers' Comments: The Hourly Wage Required to Rent a Two-Bedroom Apartment

“It's expensive to live in desirable places.”

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Why It Would Be a Mistake to Cut This HUD Program

A new Urban Institute report corrects the record on the benefits and flaws of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.


The War on Immigrants Just Escalated

But the "new era" of draconian enforcement that Jeff Sessions just announced is based on faulty assumptions about criminality and immigration.

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Not Just Another Art Gallery in a Gentrifying Neighborhood

“I don’t want to presume that I'm bringing cultural equity that didn’t exist before,” says Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, the curator of We Buy Gold.

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Mapping America's Intractable Homelessness Problem

A new data project aims to help people understand one of the country’s most complex and enduring challenges.

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Mosque NIMBYism: The Neighborhood Muslim Ban

In communities across the U.S., zoning laws are being used to obstruct the construction of new mosques and Islamic centers.


How To End Housing Discrimination Against Transgender People

When it comes to housing access, New York City is an especially hard place to live for trans and gender non-conforming people.

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Why Immigrants Are Leaving Chicago

The city has long depended on an influx of immigrants, but they’ve stopped moving there—and the ones who already live there often can’t stay.