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.

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For Students in Baltimore, Getting to School Can Be a Scary Ride

Many kids spend hours commuting to school by public transportation. New research suggests a link between student exposure to high-crime areas and chronic absenteeism.

A ferry docked next to a warehouse in Long Island City, Queens

Why the Amazon Pushback Is Also About Immigrants

After the HQ2 cancellation in Queens, Amazon’s connections to federal immigration enforcement are drawing scrutiny and criticism in other cities, too.

A Border Patrol agent looks on near a border wall that separates the cities of Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego.

Lawmakers Aim to Protect Private Landowners on U.S.-Mexico Border

Members of Congress hope to pass laws to help border-adjacent property owners who may be displaced through eminent domain if Trump’s border wall plans proceed.

a photo of a used needle in a park in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Why the Rural Opioid Crisis Is Different From the Urban One

As deaths from heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids soar in the U.S., a new study looks at the geographic factors driving the drug overdose epidemic.

A surveillance balloon near the Texas-Mexico border, in Los Ebanos, Texas.

The Problem With a ‘Smart’ Border Wall

To resolve Trump’s impasse, many lawmakers have proposed boosting surveillance technology to create a virtual border wall. Is that more humane and effective?

A photo of a group of Central American migrants in El Paso, Texas.

For the Last Time, Here's the Real Link Between Immigration and Crime

In the State of the Union, President Trump again argued for a border wall by suggesting that immigration leads to higher crime. Research suggests otherwise.  

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The Suburbanization of American Arrests

As U.S. arrest rates fall, suburban areas are getting a growing share of policing attention, according to a new data tool from the Vera Institute of Justice.

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The Cities Refugees Saved

In the cities where the most refugees per capita were settled since 2005, the newcomers helped stem or reverse population loss.

Average automation potential by metropolitan area, 2016.

Where Automation Will Displace the Most Workers

In the coming “AI Era,” job losses from automation could have a bigger impact on smaller towns and rural areas.

CityLab Daily: The Life and Death of an American Tent City

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The Life and Death of an American Tent City

Over a period of seven months, a vast temporary facility built to hold migrant children emerged in the Texas border town of Tornillo. And now, it’s almost gone.

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How to Make Opportunity Zones Work in Chicago

The Urban Institute looks at how local leaders can get the most out of a new federal program designed to boost investment in struggling neighborhoods.

A diagram of the facial recognition doorbell from Amazon's patent application.

Who’s Afraid of Amazon’s Video Doorbell?

The tech company’s proposed facial-recognition camera system could be a civil libertarian’s nightmare.

A photo of a Dollar General store in Chicago.

The Dollar Store Backlash Has Begun

The U.S. has added 10,000 of these budget retail outlets since 2001. But some towns and cities are trying to push back.

A data visualization shows 200 years of immigration to the U.S. represented as a thickening tree trunk.

A New Way of Seeing 200 Years of American Immigration

To depict how waves of immigrants shaped the United States, a team of designers looked to nature as a model.