Kriston Capps

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The Cruelest Cut in Trump's Housing Budget

The White House proposes cuts to HUD that top 13 percent. Among the victims: the National Housing Trust Fund, a resource devoted exclusively to America’s most vulnerable households.

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One Cyclist's Photographic Trek Through the Rust Belt

Ken Ashton’s photos from Portsmouth, Ohio, compiled after years of cycling there from Columbus, document a community left behind by time.

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Why More People Didn't Get Hurt in Times Square

Pedestrian injuries in New York City’s most crowded space have plummeted since a recent redesign. But the real fix is to ban cars entirely.


D.C.: Don't Give the Carnegie Library to Apple

The company plans to turn a Beaux Arts gem into a lavish gadget store. But there should be a better public use of such a cherished site.

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The Country Can't Afford a Top-Level Vacancy at the Census

The resignation of Census Bureau director John Thompson leaves the agency in a lurch at a sensitive time in the run-up to the 2020 Census.

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Inside EB-5, the Cash-for-Visas Program Luxury Developers Love

Thanks to President Trump’s son-in-law, a controversial program that trades visas for real-estate investment is back in the news.

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One Big Problem With Obama's Presidential Library

Carving out space in Olmsted-designed Jackson Park for Obama’s presidential library misses an opportunity—and sets a bad precedent.

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Against Little Free Libraries

Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?

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The Unsung Government Program That Gives Federal Property to the Homeless

Say hello to Title V, a shockingly sensible way to tap into a vast amount of property sitting unused in American cities.

How to Find Your Real Sister City

The Chicago Fed’s new data-mapping tool can identify towns with sibling connections.

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The Down Payment Is Too Damned High

But the federal government’s best answer for renters’ number-one obstacle to first-time homeownership could be facing a big reform push in Congress.

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No, Police Should Not Fine Cyclists Who Wear Headphones

Ticky-tacky penalties are no way to accomplish Vision Zero, especially if they won’t be enforced equitably.


Tracking the Shadow of Public Housing Budget Cuts

Anticipating billions in cuts to HUD's budget, public-housing authorities that allocate Section 8 housing vouchers are already starting to hold back.

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New York Can't Afford to Lose Its Foreclosure Prevention Services Now

The program has helped tens of thousands of families escape mortgage default. The state can’t let those funds dry up.

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In California, Landlords Threaten Immigrant Tenants with Deportations

Housing lawyers are reporting a troubling trend: Landlords exploiting the growing fear of immigration authorities to evict tenants, raise rents, and clear residents from gentrifying neighborhoods.

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Who's Following Ben Carson?, that’s who. The HUD secretary’s every move is being closely monitored online by a confederation of housing advocates.

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Keep Metro Bleak!

The raw concrete vaults of Washington, D.C.’s subway system are landmarks of Brutalist design. That hasn’t stopped transit officials from messing with them.  

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Thwarting Cities in the Trump Era

State government gives the GOP a platform to keep acting as the opposition party—against “liberal cities.”