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.

Why Some Women Don't Actually Have Privacy Rights

A law professor explores the reasons why women who need government assistance are forced to divulge intimate details of their lives.

Can Bike Sharing Survive in India?

A new bike-share program launches in Bhopal, but Indian cyclists still face huge obstacles.  

Designing the Opposite of Rikers

A new report lays out design guidelines for community-based “justice hubs”—jails that create positive effects inside and outside their walls.

The Great (South Asian) American Road Trip

“America also belongs to us and we belong to it, despite the myth of a singular ‘American.’”

Confronting the Myths of Suburban Poverty

It's the newer suburbs, not the old ones, that are struggling with the largest numbers of low-income residents.  

A South Asian woman holds an American flag during a naturalization ceremony in Indianapolis.

The Heartland Wants More New Americans

Pushing citizenship is less fraught, politically speaking. Plus, it makes great economic sense.

Meet the Chicago City Councilman Hoping to Fix Illinois

Alderman Ameya Pawar is running for governor with a focus on criminal justice, a New Deal-type infrastructure plan, and progressive taxation. But he’s facing some tough opponents in his own party.

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.