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.

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.

New homes under construction in Las Vegas, where housing prices dove sharply during the foreclosure crisis.

This Housing Price Spike Is Different

In cities nationwide, home prices are at or above their pre-recession levels. But it’s no bubble.

What the Hell: Why Not Rename Austin?

A report about city-owned streets named after the Confederacy has sparked a broader (and misleading) conversation about Austin’s history.

Do Millennials Prefer Cities or Suburbs? Maybe Both.

A new simulation may shed light on the living preferences of the largest generation in American history.

Never (Baby) Trump

How do you make light of something that isn’t funny anymore?

Here's a New Thing to Worry About: Census Hackers

Why national security experts want some answers as the Census Bureau prepares for its first electronic count in 2020.

The ‘War on Poverty’ Isn’t Over, and Kids Are Losing

Federal spending on America’s children is heading down, and the drop in funding could be dramatic.

Concrete letters spell "zoo" at the entrance to the National Zoo in Washington

The National Zoo Shouldn’t Fall for Security Theater

A proposal to ramp up security at the National Zoo would undermine a historic design that weaves nature into the lives of Washingtonians.

Down With Fun!

“Fun House,” an installation by Snarkitecture at the National Building Museum, shows that the craze for crowd-friendly museum spectacles is still going strong.

What If the Teen City Council Is Better Than the Grownup One?

These high schoolers take their local government very seriously.

With Justice Kennedy’s Retirement, Fair Housing Is in Peril

The Supreme Court’s swing vote on the 2015 “disparate impact” case shored up the Fair Housing Act.

Why Vermonters Fear This Mormon Utopia

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s latest list of America’s most endangered historic places includes four Vermont towns set to host a vast micro-housing development based of the visions of Joseph Smith.