Kriston Capps

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The Great Texas Pension Fix

Houston owes its police, fire, and city workers about $7.8 billion, and it doesn’t exactly have the cash on hand. Their hard-fought solution could serve as a model for the rest of Texas, and the nation.


Super Mario Just Moved to NYC

In the video game ‘Super Mario Odyssey,’ he’s ready to leap around the Big Mushroom.

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Does Ben Carson Believe in HUD?

During a brief and jocular confirmation hearing, the retired neurosurgeon gave few answers that suggested he believes in a strong, affirmative role for the department he’s been selected to lead.

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The Legend of El Paso's Transnational Streetcar

From the mule-drawn trolley of the 19th century to the rails ripped out by Mexico in the 1970s, tales of the El Paso–Ciudad Juárez streetcar still echo today.

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A Florida Mayor Fights the Gun Lobby

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is taking on the state government over a “super preemption law” he calls a threat to democracy.

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Touring America. He Should Start With San Francisco

The Facebook founder wants to get out and see more of America in 2017. He should think more carefully about his own back yard.

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Don't Call it the Blacksonian: Lonnie Bunch on America's Best New Museum

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about what comes next for a museum drawing historic crowds to Washington, D.C.

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Julián Castro, Leveling the Playing Field

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development discusses the future of fair and affordable housing as he prepares to leave his post.

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Battling Inequality, Seattle Bets on Transit-Oriented Housing

A new regional revolving loan fund will support affordable homes close to bus or rail corridors throughout the Puget Sound area.

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The AIA Finally Awards Its Gold Medal to a Black Architect—Posthumously

Why can't architecture manage to identify living women and architects of color for their most prestigious award?

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Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, Why?

He has no housing experience and has said he’s not up to the job. President-elect Trump could do a lot better.

Liz Gorman

Protesting Trump, the District of Columbia Way

D.C. punks are reviving an ‘80s-era protest message to signal their dislike of the president-elect.

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'Baltimore Rising' and the Role of Art in Settling History

An exhibit at the Maryland Institute College of Art explores the imagery surrounding Freddie Gray’s death by looking for context in the chaos that followed.

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Nationwide, Homelessness Plunged Under Obama

Veteran homelessness in particular could soon be a thing of the past, unless the Trump administration and Republican Congress reverse course.

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Why Architects Are Outraged Over a Letter to Trump

A message from the American Institute of Architects congratulating the president-elect stands accused of attempting to normalize his presidency.

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Soon Enough, Every Bridge Everywhere Will Have Fancy Lighting

“Emotive lighting” for infrastructure is the big new thing. Is there a way to embrace LED spectacles without being tacky about it?

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What's at Stake in Trump's Pick to Lead HUD

The President-elect’s next steps on federal housing policy will have a profound effect on rural America and the inner city alike.

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Voting While Homeless

No U.S. state requires voters to prove that they have a traditional residence, but Americans experiencing homelessness still struggle to cast a ballot.