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.

Bernie Sanders and AOC Unveil a Green New Deal for Public Housing

The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would commit up to $180 billion over a decade to upgrading 1.2 million federally owned homes.

D.C.’s Vacant Stadium Dilemma

RFK Stadium is taking up a very desirable plot of federal land in Washington, D.C.—and no one can agree what to do with it.

Photo: More than 120,000 enumerators gathered data for the 1940 census.

The Sum of All 2020 Census Fears

The 2020 count will be the first census to go online, and it faces many threats, from cyberattacks and scam artists to security fears and undercount risks.

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The Fight Against Gun Violence Depends on Where You Live

In the face of federal inaction, mayors are increasingly trying gun policies that are tailored to their geography.

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Who Will Presidential Candidates' Redlining Plans Actually Benefit?

Housing plans by Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg intend redress for racist redlining housing practices, but who will actually benefit?

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What WeWork’s Demise Could Do to NYC Real Estate

The troubled coworking company is the largest office tenant in New York City. What happens to the city’s commercial real estate market if it goes under?

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Will the Supreme Court Strike Down Inclusionary Zoning?

A Marin County lawsuit has conservatives and housing advocates preparing to face off over the constitutionality of a powerful affordable housing tool.

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Would AOC's National Rent Control Solve the Housing Crisis, or Make It Even Worse?

As Oregon and California enact new rent control laws to combat the affordable housing crisis, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes strict rent caps nationwide.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio eats a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.

Why Do People Love to Hate Bill de Blasio?

The New York mayor succeeded in uniting the left and right in mocking him. But here’s the thing: De Blasio's record as a progressive leader is actually strong.

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Housing Organizations Slam White House Report on Homelessness

As Trump targets California’s homeless crisis, a report from his Council of Economic Advisors lays out a policing-heavy blueprint for fixing the issue.

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The Trump Administration Wants to Relocate Skid Row to This Federal Building

Los Angeles homeless providers were rebuffed when they asked to use Cesár Pelli’s Hawthorne Building, which the White House is eyeing to relocate Skid Row residents.

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The White House Is Planning a Federal Intervention on California Homelessness

President Trump reportedly ordered officials to wade into the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. But local leaders are wary of federal involvement.

How Architects Are Making Concrete Walls Look Like Crumpled Paper

“We’re pushing the limits of what this material can do,” says a designer behind the Kennedy Center’s new building, describing its experimental concrete treatments.

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The Kennedy Center’s ‘Reach’ Expansion Is a Beautiful Maze

The new addition to D.C.’s performing-arts behemoth strives to create a sense of lightness, movement, and intimacy—qualities that the original building lacks.

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Does Gentrification Give Children Anxiety?

Neighborhood change brings both positive and negative effects on existing residents. Among the latter: a newfound link to anxiety and depression in kids.

Design by MASS Design Group, Corn/Meal is a corn maze with a twist on the classic picnic table.

A Small City Famous for Architecture Rolls Out the Welcome Mat

Columbus, Indiana—known for its modern architecture—makes it feel fresh and lived-in during a biennial festival.

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How HUD Could Dismantle a Pillar of Civil Rights Law

The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to revise the “disparate impact” rule, which could fundamentally reshape federal fair housing enforcement.  

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Who Owns Tom’s Diner: Tom or Denver?

The owner of Tom’s Diner, a beloved local coffee shop, wants to sell to developers, but fans want to save his 1967 Googie building. Is there a win-win here?

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How a Section 8 Experiment Could Reveal a Better Way to Escape Poverty

A low-cost program created by Raj Chetty’s Opportunity Insights research group shows dramatic improvements in social mobility for low-income families in Seattle.

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With Zoning Change, Des Moines Hopes to Lure Suburbanites

In Des Moines, Iowa, zoning rules regulating lot size, housing styles, and building materials will make new homes too expensive, builders warn.

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Study: No Link Between Gentrification and Displacement in NYC

Using Medicaid data, researchers found that most low-income children in the city’s gentrifying neighborhoods stayed, even as affluent newcomers moved in.