Tanvi Misra

Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab covering demographics, inequality, and urban culture. She previously contributed to NPR's Code Switch blog and BBC's online news magazine.

Postcards showing the Woodner when it used to be a luxury apartment-hotel in the '50s and '60s, from the collection of John DeFerrari

The Neighborhood Inside a Building

D.C.’s massive Woodner apartment building has lived many lives—from fancy hotel to one of the last bastions of affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. Now, it’s on the brink of another change.

To Reduce Urban Inequality, Reconsider Unions

It’s "not merely a coincidence” that the height of unionization coincided with the lowest point of wage inequality, a new working paper suggests. But will that solution work today?

The Rise of Rural Incarceration

Local jails in smaller counties are seeing enormous growth. A new report explains why.

How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia

Asian immigrants, once the “ultimate outsiders,” have profoundly reshaped the suburbs of San Francisco.

A map of Washington, D.C., divided up in sections by amateur mapmaker John P. Wymer.

The Man Who Mapped D.C. By Hand

Statistician John P. Wymer set out to document every inch of the city in 1948. Now a young historian is trying to get his work online.

Trump’s Budget Takes Aim at Sanctuary Cities

The White House’s proposal could drive a wedge between local governments and their own employees when it comes to immigration policy.

Punishing Immigrants for Sprawl

The costs of living in a car-centric culture can be particularly hard on undocumented immigrants.

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.

Peace mural in the Shaw-U Street area of DC, which has seen a rapid growth in white residents.

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.

The Housing Gap That Won't Die

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

The Economics of Prison Boomtowns

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

Without federal assistance, affordability dries up.

Every U.S. County Has an Affordable Housing Crisis

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

City Attorney Dennis Herrera talks about a federal judge's order.

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.

Anatomy of the 7 Train

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

A Colorado tax professional looks over a 1040 tax form.

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.

A young man walks past a corridor with new development in Washington, D.C.

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

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

HUD Secretary Ben Carson answers questions at his confirmation hearing.

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.

Visitors gather outside the We Buy Gold gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

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.