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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Once again, I’m writing this on the train from D.C. to New York, as in-between landscapes zoom by. I love writing on trains and buses and in airports. Sometimes these places are flurries of activity, but I don’t mind. The buzz has a white noise effect on me, balancing the chaos inside my brain. When I feel completely out of sync, though, I appreciate the zen of a quiet spot in a park or an empty corner of a museum. As CityLab has written before, cities are made up of energetic and still moments—and the really good ones offer their residents enough of both.
I’m curious: What are your favorite spots to decompress? These could be places you go to people-watch, or to relish a book in solitude. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we’ve been writing:
“The rude welcome to the Postal Service quickly taught me mail delivery is no leisurely stroll through the neighborhood, dismantling the idyllic image of a smiling Mr. McFeeley handing out birthday cards in ‘Mister Rogers’ neighborhood.’” ¤ RIP, Jonathan Gold—L.A.’s culinary flaneur. ¤ A local news station made over, and moved into, Omaha’s abandoned train station. ¤ The missed opportunities inside the skyscraper in Skyscraper. ¤ Why won’t London’s night czar save Hackney’s night life? ¤ The saving of Cairo, Illinois. ¤