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.

Trump's Border Wall May Finally Stop Some People: Transgender Soldiers

If the prevailing theory on Trump’s impromptu transgender military ban is right, Trump’s wall bid may have succeeded in a way we didn’t anticipate.

An illustration of a grid of canned food

What's the Matter With Little Free Food Pantries?

They highlight food insecurity, without doing much to take a bite out of it.

Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

Republicans Should Pivot to Infrastructure

Investing in roads, bridges, and tunnels offers a better bang for the buck than any tax cut out there, at a time when both economic growth and political victories are in short supply for Congress.

What David Brooks Doesn't Get About Gabagool

The middle class understands third-wave coffee and fancy ham just fine. The luxury they can’t afford is money.

Sorry: You Still Can't Sue Your Employer

From Applebee's to Uber, employers require workers to waive their rights to class-action lawsuits—but there's something cities can do to help them.

The Disappearing Downtown Shelter

Emergency shelters-of-last-resort are being squeezed out of America’s downtowns. And the federal government isn’t likely to help them out.

Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) speaks against the state's "sanctuary cities" on April 26 in the Capitol.

Texas Cities Haul the State to Court Over Immigration

El Paso, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and others appeared in court to stop a state law cracking down on sanctuary cities.

Oregon May Strip Portland of Its NIMBY Powers

A controversial bill before the state legislature would preempt cities’ rights to prevent new affordable housing.

For Renters, the Housing Crisis Never Ended

Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing report reveals exactly where, and why, the rent is too damn high.

Houston's Buffalo Bayou Promenade, designed by SWA Group.

Will Drones Lead to a Boom in Landscape Architecture?

And could a golden era for urban design lead to the automation of landscape architects?

Oakland Gets a Marxist Pop-Up: the 'Museum of Capitalism'

Don’t forget to visit the gift shop!

The Dark Architecture of National Security

How the built environment of the security state reflects the anxieties of the modern age.

A high-priced suburban home for sale near St. Charles, Illinois

Here's a Way to Make Homes 10 Percent More Affordable

Eliminating the mortgage interest tax deduction would destroy 10 percent of home values, says one economist. Put another way: It would make them that much more affordable.

The Enduring Power of Zaha Hadid

For better and for worse, Hadid was the world’s first female starchitect.

R.I.P.: Donald Trump's 'Big, Beautiful Wall'

With its 2018 budget request, the White House begins the process of admitting that the president’s signature promise was a fantasy.

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.

A coffee kiosk and ice machine in a parking lot in Portsmouth, Ohio

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.

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.

A development in Las Vegas

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.