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.

photo: empty streets of New Orleans

City Leaders Rally Around a Fix: Cancel the Rent

To prevent a housing disaster, leaders in nine U.S. cities called on state and federal officials to give more support to tenants as the Covid-19 crisis deepens.

The Problem With a Coronavirus Rent Strike

Because of coronavirus, millions of tenants won’t be able to write rent checks. But calls for a rent holiday often ignore the longer-term economic effects.

photo: Former HUD secretary Julián Castro

How to Head Off a Coronavirus Housing Crisis

Former HUD secretary and presidential candidate Julián Castro has ideas for state and federal leaders on protecting vulnerable renters from a housing disaster.

photo: a For Rent sign in a window in San Francisco.

Do Landlords Deserve a Coronavirus Bailout, Too?

Some renters and homeowners are getting financial assistance during the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. What about landlords?

Why Coronavirus Is a Food Security Crisis, Too

Households that rely on food assistance can’t stock up during the coronavirus crisis. That’s why the U.S. created the P-SNAP program more than a decade ago.

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These Coronavirus Immunity Jokes Are Love Letters to Home

Social media’s favorite Covid-19 meme is also an expression of strength, defiance and community affection in the face of a terrifying global pandemic.

photo: An empty park in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City hit by a spike in coronavirus cases.

Are Suburbs Safer From Coronavirus? Probably Not.

Urban density does play a role in disease transmission. But rural areas and suburban sprawl aren’t necessarily safer spaces to ride out the Covid-19 crisis.

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Why Aren’t Cities Widely Testing for Coronavirus?

Public health experts warn local efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 require expanding the testing of residents. In the U.S., cities are falling short.

How Coronavirus Took Down SXSW

For Austin Mayor Steven Adler, the decision to call off the Texas capital’s signature music and film festival due to COVID-19 fears wasn’t an easy one.

After Tornado, Nashville Braces for Disaster Capitalism

In the wake of a severe tornado, local housing activists fear that a wave of speculators could prey on North Nashville’s vulnerable homeowners.

photo: A jobseeker holds an information packet during a U.S. Census Bureau 2020 job opportunities workshop in 2019.

The Census Bureau Wasn’t Counting on the Coronavirus

As census takers for the decennial survey prepare to knock on doors and count residents, anxieties about the spread of COVID-19 could hamper their efforts.

2020 Democratic Endorsement Tracker: Who Mayors Back for President

Mayoral endorsements have always played a role in presidential elections. But this year, the support of city leaders has been particularly prominent.

photo: In February 2005, Christo and Jeanne-Claude unveiled "The Gates" in New York's Central Park.

How 'The Gates' Triumphed Over New York’s NIMBYs

Fifteen years ago, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s audacious public art installation debuted in New York City's Central Park. We’ll never see anything like it again.

photo: House Majority Whip James Clyburn with former Vice President Joe Biden at the South Carolina Ministers' Breakfast in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Joe Biden, Gentrification Foe, Has a Housing Plan

Biden pledged to halt displacement during the South Carolina debate—a reflection of how critical housing is in a state with sky-high eviction rates.

photo: a man with a smartphone in front of a rental apartment building in Boston.

Landlords Are Using Next-Generation Eviction Tech

As tenant protections get stronger, corporate landlords use software to manage delinquent renters. But housing advocates see a tool for quicker evictions.

What Mike Bloomberg Got Wrong About Redlining and the Financial Crisis

Comments about New Deal-era housing discrimination made by presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg echo a familiar narrative about minority homeowners.

photo: New apartment buildings along the N. 30th Street corridor of North Omaha.

Nebraska’s Battle Over Single-Family Homes Is Not Much of a Battle

Housing costs are climbing in Omaha and Lincoln. Can the Cornhusker State legalize “missing middle” housing when coastal states have failed?

photo: the U.S. Supreme Court

The White House May Impose Classical Style on Federal Buildings

A draft executive order promising to “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” drew a fierce response from the American Institute of Architects.

photo: A young girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo awaits resettlement in a gym in Portland, Maine, in 2019.

Texas Mayors to Governor: More Refugees, Please

Governor Greg Abbott says that Texas can’t afford to take in more refugees and other new arrivals. Mayors and resettlement experts say otherwise.

The Presidential Candidates that Mayors Support

Big-city mayors favor Mike Bloomberg after his late entry into the race, while leaders in smaller cities have lined up behind Pete Buttigieg.

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Would Capping Office Space Ease San Francisco’s Housing Crunch?

Proposition E would put a moratorium on new commercial real estate if affordable housing goals aren’t met. But critics aren’t convinced it would be effective.