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 photo of a police car fitted with automated license plate reader technology.

Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?

Automated license plate readers are collecting and sharing tons of data across state lines, according to records from nearly 200 police departments nationwide.

A photo of U.S. border patrol agents in California and Baltimore city police.

What Border Security and Police Violence Have in Common

There’s a connection between the militarization at the border and urban policing in American cities like Ferguson, Chicago, and Baltimore.

A photo of vacant storefronts in the historic mining town of Superior, Arizona.

What About the Cities Amazon Forgot?

A pair of experts from the Brookings Institution talk about how to bridge the growing economic gulf between America’s coastal boomtowns and the rest.

A photo of a group of migrants line up to receive food donations in a makeshift camp in Juchitan, Mexico, October 31, 2018

On Weaponizing Migration

Why do political leaders portray asylum seekers and refugees as an invading army? Because it’s very effective.

200 Years of Elections to the House of Representatives, Mapped

This deliciously wonky interactive map is a reminder for midterm voters that, when it comes to electoral politics, “deviation from the norm is the norm.”

An immigration raid in in Castalia, Ohio, in June.

The Stark Geography of U.S. Immigration Raids

According to a new report, 24 out of 3,200 counties see around half of all of ICE’s community arrests.

An Uber vehicle amidst taxis in New York City.

We've Been Trapped in ‘Uberland’

In her new book, Alex Rosenblat talked with drivers in 25 cities to trace the story of how ride-hailing redefined the nature of work.  

Yes, 311 Nuisance Calls Are Climbing in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

A new analysis by the Science vs. podcast team crunches the numbers on which New York City blocks are seeing spikes in calls complaining about other residents.

When Your Block Is Being Watched

In her new documentary, journalist Assia Boundaoui explores the effect of constant surveillance on her predominantly Muslim neighborhood in suburban Illinois.

A shopper in Boston's Jamaica Plain, which, like many urban neighborhoods, has experienced dramatic demographic shifts in recent decades.

When Neighborhood Diversity Meets White Anxiety

The perception of demographic change can be more powerful than the reality of it, according to new research on how white residents can feel threatened by racial and ethnic shifts.

A worker at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore.

A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lower Recidivism

New research shows that boosting paychecks could help people stay out of jail.

The Neighborhoods That Offer a ‘Bargain’ on Upward Mobility

New research shows that communities just miles apart that look similar may offer vastly different chances to climb up the economic ladder.

The Rapid Rise of the ‘Anti-Sanctuary’ City

A new report by a government watchdog finds that a controversial program that allows local police to participate in immigration enforcement is spreading—but without proper training and oversight.

Why Blocking Poor Immigrants Could Be Very Costly

A new DHS “public charge” rule seeks to bar low-income immigrants if they’re likely to use food stamps and public housing. But critics say that it’s not about saving money.