Tanvi Misra

Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab covering urban demographics, inequality, and culture. Her work also appears in The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC.

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The Othered Paris

They’ve been called “no-go zones”—regions where no rules apply. To residents, they’re neighborhoods that are stigmatized and neglected. Why haven’t targeted policies to fix them had the intended effect?

The New 'Digital' Sanctuaries

Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too.

How Not To Reform the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

In theory, the GOP’s provision makes sense. But in context of the rest of the tax plan, it does exactly what it was doing before—benefit the rich.

'We Have to Be Careful Not to Romanticize Cities'

Writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confront the limits of urbanism.

Public Squares Are the Front Lines in the Fight Against Terrorism

As tactics for attacking urban areas evolve, city leaders are considering design tweaks to protect public spaces against vehicle attacks and other growing threats.

Raj Chetty

Why the Solutions to Economic Mobility Are Local

The American Dream now comes down to a coin toss, explains economist Raj Chetty.

Could Charlottesville Find a Model for Keeping White Supremacist Rallies Out?

Two new lawsuits argue white supremacists should be banned from the city.

Confronting the Myths of Segregation

MacArthur grant recipient Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about the institutional and individual choices that continue to keep America separate and unequal.

The Rise of the Rich Renter

“The rise in higher-income renter households may mask the significant housing affordability challenges faced by lower-income renter households.”

Why Las Vegas Has Such Lax Gun Laws

In America, the city’s approach to gun violence is far more common than not.

Why the Trump Administration Targeted These 10 Jurisdictions in Its Latest Raid

Arrests of almost 500 undocumented immigrants were concentrated in a few places.

The Twitter Bot that (Dis)cribes Cities

L.A. looks like "a Cactus." Is that plain wrong? Or is our hubris keeping us from recognizing the profound meaning behind these captions?

An apartment building with a sign reading "free rent."

If Rent Were Affordable, the Average Household Would Save $6,200 a Year

A new analysis points to the benefits of ending the severe affordability crisis.

How Houston homeownership rates overlap with Harvey-induced floods.

Mapping Harvey's Impact on Houston's Homeowners

The Urban Institute visualizes the havoc wreaked by the storm on first-time, minority homeowners.

Metro Incomes Rise, But Inequality Remains Stubborn

The new Census numbers are “a sign of sunshine, with some clouds.”

Even Liberals Can Be Refugee NIMBYs

A new study finds that a collective action problem plagues support for settling displaced people in America.

A little girl surveys the high water levels in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma recedes.

The Poor in Irma's Path

In two Florida cities, we mapped where low-income communities live, and how they’re affected by flood risks.

The Perils of the Restaurant Jobs Boom

Growing food service jobs have come with applause in small cities like Little Rock. But for workers, it's a mixed bag—and potentially an unequal one.

Which States Have Most to Lose From DACA Elimination

The rollback of deportation protection for DREAMers—young people who were brought to the country illegally as children—is going to have an impact everywhere.

The Local Fight to Demilitarize the Police

How cities, counties, and local governments can stop their streets from becoming battlegrounds.