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.

D.C.’s War Over Restaurant Tips Will Soon Go National

The District’s voters will decide Initiative 77, which would raise the minimum wage on tipped employees. Why don’t workers support it?

Equipped with a VR headset, a viewer of "Carne y Arena" experiences the film inside a cavernous room full of sand.

The Experience Is Virtual. The Terror Is Real.

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new VR film recreates the experience of crossing the U.S. border.

This Is the Last Straw

It’s time to crack down on single-use plastic drinking utensils, the world’s most disposable product.

The newsroom of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in 2009, when the owners filed for bankruptcy.

The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper

Without watchdogs, government costs go up, according to new research.

LOVE sculpture in a center city.

Who Owns LOVE?

Just days before Robert Indiana’s death, an offshore shell company filed a copyright suit against him over his beloved public artwork.

A man sleeps in a doorway in downtown Portland, Ore., on Sept. 19, 2017.

A Healthcare Giant Enters the Battle for Cheaper Housing

Kaiser Permanente is pledging $200 million toward fighting homelessness and building more low-cost housing in eight states, plus D.C.

A potential new law in Michigan has been criticized for placing the burden of meeting requirements to retain Medicaid coverage primarily on blacks. However, the bill's onerous rules are likely to affect almost every recipient, sparing only a select few counties.

Few Will Be Spared From Michigan's Medicaid Work Requirements

The state’s potential new law has been criticized for placing new burdens to retain Medicaid coverage primarily on blacks. But the bill's onerous rules are likely to affect almost every recipient.

Great . . . It's Infrastructure Week

It’s the most blunderful time of the year.

Housing Advocates Are Suing Ben Carson and HUD

A group of Texas nonprofits will file a lawsuit against the department for failing to enforce an Obama-era fair housing rule.  

Nashville's Transit Plan Just Got Trounced

It wasn’t just a city vs. suburb thing.

The Supreme Court Just Made It Even Harder to Sue Your Employer

Corporations love mandatory arbitration clauses, which limit the rights of workers to take their employers to court. If limits on them are struck down, employees have other options.

Thanos May Be Powerful, But He Is Not a Very Strong Economist

Both the Mad Titan and the GOP need to learn there’s a better way to address a resource problem.

Why HUD Wants to Raise the Rent

A new bill is aimed at reducing long waits for federal assistance and increasing “self-sufficiency.”

The Obscure Tax Program That Promises to Undo America's Geographic Inequality

A new tax incentive could carefully guide badly needed investment to America’s poorest places, or it could pour gasoline on markets that are already white hot.

A Milwaukee household getting evicted.

How 'Evicted' Became an Exhibit

The National Building Museum brings Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book—and the American housing crisis itself—to life.

Understanding the Great Connecticut Taxpocalypse

The state relies on property taxes, and after the GOP tax bill, many fear that housing values will stagnate or crash.

August Wilson's Enduring Drama on Urban Renewal

Two Trains Running shows the costs and conflict of racist planning policies from a profoundly human perspective.

A Brief History of Donald Trump's War on Welfare

By imposing work requirements, the president is escalating his decades-long campaign against government aid.

How the Fair Housing Act Failed Black Homeowners

In cities like Jacksonville and St. Louis, maps of mortgage approvals and home values in black neighborhoods look the same as they did decades ago, before the passage of the landmark fair housing law.

A Tale of Two Beantowns

Houston is creeping on Chicago's population, pennants, and now, public art. But Chicago has at least one thing Houston still lacks.