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.

Students sit in a library of UGent, Ghent University.

Is Your Librarian Racist?

Findings from a new study indicate that “black-sounding” names are less likely to get a reply from public service providers.

Conversations in a Divided Berlin

Several years into a new wave of refugees entering the city, the grassroots organizations that sprung up to meet their needs have become part of the fabric of the city.

The Local Fight to End Sexual Assault in Low-Wage Jobs

Hospitality and domestic workers suffer staggering rates of sexual harassment and assault. But they are among women still largely omitted from the #MeToo movement—and many federal protections.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer helps a passenger navigate one of the new facial recognition kiosks before a flight to Tokyo in July 2017, in Houston.

In 9 U.S. Cities, Airport Security Is Now Scanning Your Face

“DHS should not be scanning the faces of Americans as they depart on international flights—but DHS is doing it anyway,” warns a new report that finds facial recognition practices may be violating the law.

Durham's Growing Pains

Durham, North Carolina was once a tobacco hub. Mayor William Bell talks about on his city’s post-industrial transformation—and the challenges that come with it.

How One City Approaches Its Amazon Bid Through an Equity Lens

Austin’s first chief equity officer on improving equal access to housing, zoning, and economic benefit.

The Working Class That Wasn't

The most common jobs for workers without college degrees have never been industrial.

One Nation, Under the Weight of Crushing Debt

An interactive map shows where the highest concentrations of households with unpaid bills are.

The Tax Bill Provision That Could Hit Cities Where It Hurts

The State and Local Tax Deduction is regressive. But eliminating it the way the GOP bills propose could be even worse for America.

Navigator: Moving

Our Friday newsletter with stories and adventures for urban explorers. With a new writer and soon, a new platform.

The Othered Paris

They’ve been called “no-go zones”—regions where no rules apply. To residents, they’re neighborhoods that are stigmatized and neglected. Why haven’t targeted policies to fix them had the intended effect?

The New 'Digital' Sanctuaries

Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too.

How Not To Reform the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

In theory, the GOP’s provision makes sense. But in context of the rest of the tax plan, it does exactly what it was doing before—benefit the rich.

'We Have to Be Careful Not to Romanticize Cities'

Writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confront the limits of urbanism.

Public Squares Are the Front Lines in the Fight Against Terrorism

As tactics for attacking urban areas evolve, city leaders are considering design tweaks to protect public spaces against vehicle attacks and other growing threats.

Raj Chetty

Why the Solutions to Economic Mobility Are Local

The American Dream now comes down to a coin toss, explains economist Raj Chetty.