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.

Why Washington, D.C. Is Leading the Way on Partnering With the Private Sector

President Donald Trump has soured on public-private partnerships to achieve his infrastructure plan. But in his own backyard, the city is doubling down on collaborations that defy the typical stereotypes.

One Way to Fight HUD's Heel-Dragging on Fair Housing

As civil rights groups line up in opposition to a new HUD rule, a legal strategy emerges.

A rendering of Melbourne's future Apple Store, which will be built in the city's Federation Square.

The Problem With Australia's Next Apple Store

The company’s latest flagship will displace an Aboriginal cultural center in Melbourne.

The Trump Administration Just Derailed a Key Obama Rule on Housing Segregation

HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing policy required communities to confront racial inequities in housing. Now, it’s being postponed.

The NBA's City Jerseys Are So Fantastic

Professional basketball is pitching fans on place with its latest special-edition, locals-only jerseys.

To Defeat an Incumbent Mayor, Run in an Off-Cycle Election Year

Out of the spotlight of national politics, challengers stand a better chance.

Stories from the Rust Belt, for the Rust Belt

“I think it’s important for these writers to say, ‘Look, your creativity, your writing, your research, your journalism, matters just as much in Pittsburgh as it does in New York and D.C.”

What Did and Didn't Make the Final GOP Tax Bill

Lots of small changes—but one big thing stays the same.

Where the GOP Tax Bill Stands

There’s good news for grad students, at least.

Is the Rental Housing Explosion Over?

For the first time since 2005, growth in new rental housing slowed down. Are there really enough apartments to meet demand?

'Game of Thrones' Tourists Are Besieging Dubrovnik

The medieval city in Croatia is having a geek-culture moment as the setting for King’s Landing in the HBO series (not to mention the new Star Wars movie). But not everyone appreciates all the attention.

Here Comes the Soccer Arena Boondoogle

As the NFL founders, cities are dangling football-style funding promises at pro soccer franchises.

How Architects Can Design 'Coherent and Peaceful Cities'

In Burkina Faso and elsewhere, Architect Francis Kéré approaches design as a medium for easing tensions around political issues like migration.

Pittsburgh's Spinning Plate Artist Lofts opened in 1998 with the support of Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Another Victim of the Tax Bill: Housing for Artists

A Kansas senator added an amendment to the Senate tax bill that would prohibit developers from using housing tax credits to build artists' housing.

How Congress's Tax Plans Could Kill a Million Affordable Homes in a Decade

The final tax bill that goes to the White House could have very little effect on housing affordability—or it could gut mechanisms for encouraging it.

Good Book, Weird Museum

D.C.’s new Museum of the Bible blends history and insight with spectacle.

Counting Down to a Census Doomsday

Top-level vacancies and flatlined funding appear to be the Trump administration’s plans for the Census Bureau.

The Story Behind the Housing Meme That Swept the Internet

How a popular meme about neoliberal capitalism and fast-casual architecture owned itself.

Can Nashville Pull Off a $5.2 Billion Transit Makeover?

In an era of state preemption of local authority, Nashville is pushing ahead with a major transit initiative built on new local taxes.

How Local Governments Came to Embrace Business Partnerships

Ten years ago, anything less than $200 million had little hope of connecting the public and private sectors in the U.S. Now public-private partnerships are driving modernization for many cities—and sometimes controversy.