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.

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!

The Dark Architecture of National Security

How the built environment of the security state reflects the anxieties of the modern age.

A high-priced suburban home for sale near St. Charles, Illinois

Here's a Way to Make Homes 10 Percent More Affordable

Eliminating the mortgage interest tax deduction would destroy 10 percent of home values, says one economist. Put another way: It would make them that much more affordable.

The Enduring Power of Zaha Hadid

For better and for worse, Hadid was the world’s first female starchitect.

R.I.P.: Donald Trump's 'Big, Beautiful Wall'

With its 2018 budget request, the White House begins the process of admitting that the president’s signature promise was a fantasy.

The Cruelest Cut in Trump's Housing Budget

The White House proposes cuts to HUD that top 13 percent. Among the victims: the National Housing Trust Fund, a resource devoted exclusively to America’s most vulnerable households.

A coffee kiosk and ice machine in a parking lot in Portsmouth, Ohio

One Cyclist's Photographic Trek Through the Rust Belt

Ken Ashton’s photos from Portsmouth, Ohio, compiled after years of cycling there from Columbus, document a community left behind by time.

Why More People Didn't Get Hurt in Times Square

Pedestrian injuries in New York City’s most crowded space have plummeted since a recent redesign. But the real fix is to ban cars entirely.

D.C.: Don't Give the Carnegie Library to Apple

The company plans to turn a Beaux Arts gem into a lavish gadget store. But there should be a better public use of such a cherished site.

A development in Las Vegas

The Country Can't Afford a Top-Level Vacancy at the Census

The resignation of Census Bureau director John Thompson leaves the agency in a lurch at a sensitive time in the run-up to the 2020 Census.

Inside EB-5, the Cash-for-Visas Program Luxury Developers Love

Thanks to President Trump’s son-in-law, a controversial program that trades visas for real-estate investment is back in the news.

One Big Problem With Obama's Presidential Library

Carving out space in Olmsted-designed Jackson Park for Obama’s presidential library misses an opportunity—and sets a bad precedent.

Against Little Free Libraries

Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?

A homeless person sleeps on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall St. in New York City

The Unsung Government Program That Gives Federal Property to the Homeless

Say hello to Title V, a shockingly sensible way to tap into a vast amount of property sitting unused in American cities.

How to Find Your Real Sister City

The Chicago Fed’s new data-mapping tool can identify towns with sibling connections.

Millennials enjoying a round of beers at a cafe.

The Down Payment Is Too Damned High

But the federal government’s best answer for renters’ number-one obstacle to first-time homeownership could be facing a big reform push in Congress.

A cyclist in Washington, D.C.

No, Police Should Not Fine Cyclists Who Wear Headphones

Ticky-tacky penalties are no way to accomplish Vision Zero, especially if they won’t be enforced equitably.