Tanvi Misra

Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab covering immigrant communities, housing, economic inequality, and culture. She also authors Navigator, a weekly newsletter for urban explorers (subscribe here). Her work also appears in The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC.

A worker repairs a Texas home after Hurricane Harvey in September 2017.

Why Hurricanes Hit Immigrants Hardest

A new report details the challenges that Houston’s immigrant population faced after Harvey—and offers a glimpse of what might await residents of the Carolinas after Florence.

When Transit Agencies Spy on Riders

For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy.

The cooling tower of a nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Power Plants Brace for Hurricane Florence

The Union of Concerned Scientists has questioned whether two plants, in North Carolina and Virginia, are ready for a megastorm.

A family enjoy popsicles at Chicago's Navy Pier.

The Trouble With TIF

Cities love to use Tax Increment Financing to boost development. Should they?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule attend the 2013 presidential inauguration

Chicago, After Rahm

Campaign insiders offer clues to the reasons for Emanuel’s startling announcement that he won’t seek reelection as mayor. (Others just say “good riddance.”)

A person walks with floods and grounded airplanes in the background.

The Kerala Floods: A Disastrous Consequence of Unchecked Urbanization

Kerala's busiest airport reopened this week, but the conditions that led to the deadly and destructive floods in the southern Indian state remain.

Workers’ Rights, Silicon Valley-Style

In the technology industry, labor organizing can get tricky.

This photo of Ieshia Evans meeting police in full riot gear in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, went viral in 2016.

Militarization of Local Police Isn’t Making Anyone Safer

Recent research shows that not only are militarized squads used disproportionately in communities of color, but contrary to claims, they reduce neither crime nor police injury or death.

Two women in front of an arriving Metro train.

Commute Discrimination Is a Thing

A recent study finds that employers hiring for low-wage jobs in Washington, D.C., are more likely to call back applicants who live nearby.

A woman holds her granddaughter at the Care Harbor clinic in Los Angeles, California, October 2015.

After Job Loss, Living Near Parents Helps Adults Recover

According to a new study, it can take decades for someone who was laid off to make up lost earnings, but for those who live near parents who provide childcare, that time is halved.

‘Risky’ Playgrounds Are Making a Comeback

The modern playground has become mind-numbingly standard-issue. There’s a movement afoot to bring “adventure” back into play.

Why Should Cities Bear the Cost of Trump’s Rallies?

Donald Trump thinks Washington, D.C. charged him too much to host his parade. But he still owes a lot of cities money for past events.

An LAPD officer looks in a tent on Skid Row in Los Angeles, California.

The Homelessness Problem We Don’t Talk About

The barriers formerly incarcerated people face are creating a housing crisis—and no one is paying attention.

The Cities Where You Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

There may be another metro within a day’s drive where the costs of living are a lot lower and salaries go a lot further. Is is worth moving?

Why D.C. Drowned Out the White Nationalists

The second Unite the Right rally saw an emaciated turnout. But residents of Washington, D.C., have something of a tradition of showing up to oppose white supremacists.

Why Philadelphia Is on the Federal Government’s Shaming List

“To be quite honest it kind of feels like they’re a bit obsessed with the city,” an immigrants’ rights activist said of the Department of Justice.

The author of Seattle's "democracy voucher" initiative holding up a $25 voucher.

More Cities Want to Embrace ‘Democracy Vouchers’

Following Seattle’s example, other cities want to give voters cash vouchers to donate to local candidates.

As Chicago's majority-Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood gentrifies, it has become one of the sites for battles over affordable housing.

How Chicago’s Aldermen Help Keep It Segregated

For decades, aldermen have used their “aldermanic prerogative” to reject affordable housing development, confining the city’s low-income residents, who are mostly black and brown, to a few areas of the city, a new report says.