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.

Counting Down to a Census Doomsday

Top-level vacancies and flatlined funding appear to be the Trump administration’s plans for the Census Bureau.

The Story Behind the Housing Meme That Swept the Internet

How a popular meme about neoliberal capitalism and fast-casual architecture owned itself.

Can Nashville Pull Off a $5.2 Billion Transit Makeover?

In an era of state preemption of local authority, Nashville is pushing ahead with a major transit initiative built on new local taxes.

How Local Governments Came to Embrace Business Partnerships

Ten years ago, anything less than $200 million had little hope of connecting the public and private sectors in the U.S. Now public-private partnerships are driving modernization for many cities—and sometimes controversy.

A young woman outside the Gilmor Homes public housing project in Baltimore, MD, in 2015.

Breaking 'the Backbone of Segregation'

After 100 years, the Supreme Court decision "Buchanan v. Warley" still haunts us.

Memorializing Tragedy in an Era of Constant Mass Assaults

Six years after Norway’s bloodiest day since WWII, the country hasn’t settled on how to remember the violence. The U.S. is even further behind.

Amazon Should Just Build HQ2 In My Apartment

Since no city submitted the perfect bid for the company’s second world headquarters, I put together my own.

Japan's Glass Ceiling Survives Tokyo Leader's Insurgent Campaign

Yuriko Koike’s upstart national political party nearly unseated Japan’s longtime ruling party. Instead, a dramatic gender gap remains in Japanese political leadership.

There's a Smarter Way To Pick Infrastructure Projects

How well do we prioritize what to build or fix? Not well at all, says a new report.

Are You Ready for 'Evicted' Live?

Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book about structural poverty will soon be an “immersive” exhibition at D.C.’s National Building Museum.

The Problem With 'Fast-Casual Architecture'

Washington, D.C., has a huge new waterfront development that’s fun, popular, and easy on the eyes. Is anything wrong with that?

Visualizing the Unseeable

MacArthur grant recipient Trevor Paglen is a geographer-photographer whose work defies categorization. His next big project: an orbiting art installation.

Urbanists Just Cleaned Up in MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

This year’s class of fellows reflect the importance of city problems and solutions.

Local residents ride a horse by a house wiped out by Hurricane Maria in Jayuya, Puerto Rico.

Congress Has a Great Way to Create New Housing After Hurricane Disasters

After Katrina, expanding tax credits helped the Gulf Coast rebuild affordable rental housing. It can work in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, too.

A large black square monument surrounded by trees

A Monument to America's 4,384 Known Victims of Lynching

It’s not too late for the country to come to terms with the violence in its foundation.

A man clears debris near his home in Frederiksted in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

Another Desperate Need for Puerto Rico: Lawyers

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center, a legal hotline set up after Katrina, will coordinate the pro bono effort to get legal advice to hurricane victims in U.S. territories.

A man in Puerto Rico tries to get cell phone service from a mobile phone antenna.

Hey FCC: Hurricane Victims Shouldn't Run Out of Cell Minutes

The case for making phone companies provide free service after disasters.

This Is Why Puerto Rico Needs Statehood

With federal disaster relief lagging, residents of the devastated island territory have little say about what happens to them next.

This Startup Helps You Buy a House (If You Hand Over Your Airbnb Income)

For buyers in hot real-estate markets, a new kind of mortgage offered by a company called Loftium might offer a way to purchase a home.

Endangered HUD Funds Will Drive the Hurricane Recovery

Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would eliminate a program now set to provide about half the housing rebuilding funds for Harvey and Irma.