Kriston Capps

Kriston Capps

Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab covering housing, architecture, and politics. He previously worked as a senior editor for Architect magazine.

A photo of a man sitting on a bench in East Baltimore.

Why Is It Legal for Landlords to Refuse Section 8 Renters?

San Jose and Baltimore are considering bills to prevent landlords from rejecting tenants based on whether they are receiving federal housing aid. Why is that necessary?

A photo of an encampment of homeless people outside Minneapolis,

Why Minneapolis Just Made Zoning History

The ambitious Minneapolis 2040 plan will encourage more dense housing development in single-family neighborhoods.

A photo of an unfinished apartment building under construction in Torrance, California.

California's Pro-Housing YIMBYs Are Making Their Move

The state’s lawmakers are getting serious about removing the most serious roadblock to building new affordable housing.

A photo of a volunteer in Omaha processing petitions to expand Medicaid for Nebraska.

For the Poor, Obamacare Can Reduce Late Rent Payments

A first-of-its kind study suggests that Medicaid expansion under the ACA boosts financial outcomes—and keeps people from losing their homes.

Construction on a housing development in Detroit.

Black Homeowners Saw Greater Home Price Appreciation Than Whites in Some Areas

In some cities black homebuyers did better than whites, Latinos, and Asians in recent years. The problem is that there aren’t enough of them.

Stan Lee’s New York City

The Marvel Comics maestro gave his superheroes a city that’s colorful, dangerous, rude, quippy, and full of heart. It might be his greatest creation.

A photo of Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at a Texas town hall in January.

In Purple Texas, the Last Conservative City Falls

Despite a narrow defeat to Ted Cruz in the midterms, Beto O’Rourke conquered the state’s last major conservative urban area, and helped Democrats statewide.

A photo of advocates in Helena, Montana, at a rally in support of a bill to protect the state's Medicaid expansion.

The Midterm Election Is a Referendum on the Social Safety Net

Whether Democrats gain the House or the Senate or neither, the 116th Congress will decide the fate of public spending on America’s most vulnerable families.

An activist with the League of Women Voters of Maryland carries signs of Maryland's gerrymandered districts outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can Voters End Gerrymandering When Politicians Won’t?

On Election Day, voters in Michigan, Utah, Missouri, and Colorado will decide if independent commissions—not lawmakers—should draw their states’ political districts.

The Delaware mail facilities that intercepted suspicious packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Long, Lethal History of Mail Bombs

Assassination attempts via letters and packages are nothing new, and their victims are almost always postal workers.

When D.C. Punks Take on a Drugstore Giant

Community members in the city's Mount Pleasant neighborhood organized a punk-rock benefit to support a local grocer and stop a rumored CVS takeover.

What HUD Sees

The federal agency just launched a feel-good photoblog called "Humans of HUD." Just what are these portraits of real-life housing aid recipients telling us?

White House to Protesters: ‘Get Off My Lawn!’

Closing the sidewalk in front of the President’s home would mean demolishing the country’s most vital public forum—and another norm shattered by the Trump administration.

Port Arthur, Texas, on September 28, 2017, in the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.

Why Are These Tiny Towns Getting So Much Hurricane Harvey Aid?

Residents in some small, nearly all-white towns in Southeast Texas are slated to reap far more recovery funds than those in larger cities nearby with large minority populations.

CityLab Daily: Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

Also: The Obama Library after Rahm Emanuel, and a look into the Museum of Broken Windows.

Why Affordable Housing Isn’t More Affordable

Local regulations—and the NIMBY sentiments behind them—are a big driver of costs of low-income housing developers. Why don’t we know exactly how much?

Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, is leading the Trump administration's efforts to rewrite low-income lending rules.

It’s Time to Rewrite Fair Lending Rules. (Just Not Like This.)

A Trump administration scheme to update the Community Reinvestment Act has civil rights watchdogs worried.

Mayors: Run for Office. You Just May Win.

Andrew Gillum’s victory shows that there’s a path from city hall to the governor’s mansion and beyond.

Is the Fight for Fair Housing Over?

Another question: Will it ever start?

Is There a Better Way to Battle Evictions?

Students at BYU’s LawX Lab and the University of Arizona are building software that can help imperiled tenants get automated legal assistance, fast.

Ben Carson Is a YIMBY Now and Everything's Confusing

The HUD secretary's new attempt to roll back an Obama-era fair-housing rule has him wading into battle against exclusionary zoning.