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.

Urbanists Just Cleaned Up in MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

This year’s class of fellows reflect the importance of city problems and solutions.

Local residents ride a horse by a house wiped out by Hurricane Maria in Jayuya, Puerto Rico.

Congress Has a Great Way to Create New Housing After Hurricane Disasters

After Katrina, expanding tax credits helped the Gulf Coast rebuild affordable rental housing. It can work in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, too.

A large black square monument surrounded by trees

A Monument to America's 4,384 Known Victims of Lynching

It’s not too late for the country to come to terms with the violence in its foundation.

A man clears debris near his home in Frederiksted in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

Another Desperate Need for Puerto Rico: Lawyers

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center, a legal hotline set up after Katrina, will coordinate the pro bono effort to get legal advice to hurricane victims in U.S. territories.

A man in Puerto Rico tries to get cell phone service from a mobile phone antenna.

Hey FCC: Hurricane Victims Shouldn't Run Out of Cell Minutes

The case for making phone companies provide free service after disasters.

This Is Why Puerto Rico Needs Statehood

With federal disaster relief lagging, residents of the devastated island territory have little say about what happens to them next.

This Startup Helps You Buy a House (If You Hand Over Your Airbnb Income)

For buyers in hot real-estate markets, a new kind of mortgage offered by a company called Loftium might offer a way to purchase a home.

Endangered HUD Funds Will Drive the Hurricane Recovery

Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would eliminate a program now set to provide about half the housing rebuilding funds for Harvey and Irma.

Tactical Urbanism Comes to Outlaw Country

Can Wyoming do walkable?

Downtown Houston is flooded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Released from Jail with Nothing, In the Middle of Hurricane Harvey

As conditions deteriorated, one man claims that jail officials simply released detainees.

An aerial view of water rising near Addicks Reservoir, flooded by rain from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday.

Houston's Reservoirs Can't Sustain Any More Rain

“This is something we’ve never faced before.”

Trump Rolled Back the Government's Best Flood Protection Standard

Two weeks before Harvey hit Texas, a little-noticed executive action removed rules that would have held new infrastructure projects to a higher storm-proofing standard.

Torrington, Wyoming, hosted thousands of eclipse visitors today.

The Eclipse Didn't Trigger a Wyoming Traffic Apocalypse

But it was hard to get a cup of coffee this morning.

One Small-Town Apothecary's Guide for Surviving the Eclipse

An act of natural wonder offers the possibility of insight—or doom. A Wyoming apothecary has celestial tourists covered.

"Gift Horse"—a skeletal sculpture of a horse by artist Hans Haacke—debuted on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square in 2015.

What To Do With Baltimore's Empty Confederate Statue Plinths?

Put them to work, Trafalgar Square style.

Homeowners facing foreclosure over tax debts wait in a conference room for their cases to be heard in Detroit in January 2015.

Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels

Despite the buoyant economy, the number of hardest-hit households is close to record levels of the foreclosure crisis in 2011.

California Highway Patrol officer stop the flow of traffic on the 110 freeway as protesters unsuccessfully attempted to rush the freeway in a November 11, 2016, rally to oppose the election of President Donald Trump.

The States Trying to Pass Laws Protecting Drivers Who Hit Protesters

After the Charlottesville attack, Republican lawmakers are seeking to distance their efforts to pass driver immunity legislation.

Charlottesville Needs To Rename This Park

The city should replace the memorial to Robert E. Lee with a memorial to Heather Heyer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York City Guarantees a Lawyer to Every Resident Facing Eviction

The new law protecting low-income tenants is the first in the nation.