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.

Mayors at a climate summit in December.

What Mayors Want

From climate change to infrastructure, mayors are increasingly listing issues that were once national and state priorities as amongst their top local concerns, according to a new national survey.

Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park.

Facebook Is Being Sued for Housing Discrimination, Too

It all goes back to how the social media company collects, shares, and sells user information.

A student marches in a Black Lives Matter rally.

The Rising Criminalization of Black Girls

In D.C., black girls were arrested at a rate over 30 times that of white youth in 2015.

The Hidden Workers of New Delhi's Shiny Satellite City

A French photographer captures the disconnect between the promise and the reality in the Indian capital’s hyper-privatized township.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Can London Become a People-Centric Smart City?

“That's no easy step—it involves investment in human beings, not just systems,” says the city’s newly-appointed chief digital officer.

United States of Anti-Muslim Hate

A new non-partisan project finds that the national rhetoric has played a significant role in the rise of hate against Muslims in America.

What the DOJ's Lawsuit Could Mean for 'Sanctuary' Laws

The attorney general has teed up a new test to the local-state dynamic on immigration that could make its way up to the U.S. Supreme court.

Rifles for sale inside of Dick's Sporting Goods in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

The Ultimate Guide to American Gun Control Laws

A new project visualizes what the science says—and doesn’t say—about the effects of firearm regulations.

The Local Movement to Curb Big Brother

Predictive policing tools. License plate readers. Stingrays. As more and more surveillance tools fall into police’s hands, cities are trying to play catch up.

How Cities Are Divided By Income, Mapped

Three types of visualizations show the stark economic disparities in U.S. cities.

The Effect of Trump's Immigration Crackdown, in 3 Maps

New maps show that local sanctuary policies may have actually affected how many immigrants the Trump administration was able to arrest.

The State Laws That Might Prevent Another Charlottesville

A new legal analysis finds that all 50 states have language on the books that can be used to prevent violence by armed white supremacists and private militias.

Screenshot of the Block Club Chicago landing page.

A Shuttered Chicago News Outlet Reboots—With Blockchain

DNAInfo has now returned as Block Club Chicago, a neighborhood news platform run on blockchain technology.

The Rise of 'Digital Poorhouses'

Seemingly benign and even well-meaning high-tech tools are evolving the ways in which government criminalizes and punishes the poor.

Does Inviting Amazon to Your Hood Really Create Jobs?

A new study calls into question the net benefit of Amazon warehouses for cities.