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.

White Supremacists Are Waging a War Against Public Space

Fascism and open carry are incompatible with the public square, in Charlottesville and beyond.

Attendees to the D.C. city government's Form-a-Palooza waved a city flag if they had a question while redesigning a few of the city's most frustrating forms.

We Went to 'Form-a-Palooza,' a Hackathon For Better Paperwork

D.C.’s new innovation lab wanted to redesign red tape, and the city’s wonks were eager to help.

This Music Festival Stage Will House Homeless Veterans

After the last act closes down Portland’s Treeline Stage at the Pickathon Music Festival, the whole thing will be converted into pods.

What's the Matter With a 'Cosmopolitan Bias'?

Stephen Miller hurled the insult at a CNN correspondent. But it’s likely not the slight he intended.

A Bipartisan Fix to the Housing Crisis?

The Senate is moving to dramatically expand the housing tax credit programs responsible for virtually all new affordable housing in America.

Los Angeles Will Get a Third Shot at the Summer Olympics

The city has until 2028 to figure out how to host the games without losing a bundle, as nearly all modern host cities have done.  

Donald Trump addressing law enforcement officers

The President Just Endorsed 'Rough Rides'

Donald Trump evoked the tactic on Friday that led to Freddie Gray's death.

Trump to the Rust Belt: Move Somewhere Else

The president told upstate New Yorkers to move to a red state with jobs, even as his planned budget cuts promise to make their lives more difficult.

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!