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.

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A Bill to Foil Racist ‘Steering’ in Home Mortgage Lending

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is trying to restore a Dodd-Frank rule designed to help protect homebuyers from discriminatory lending practices.

A collage of architectural scale figures, some jogging and some standing.

‘Scalies,’ the Extras in Architectural Drawings, Finally Get Their Due

What can the little scale figures in architectural renderings tell us about design and culture? Two architects compiled more than 1,000 of them to find out.

Ben Carson Asserts New Control Over New York’s Housing Plans

In a blow to Bill de Blasio, HUD has appointed a federal monitor to oversee New York City’s housing authority. But the city avoided its worst-case scenario.

A photo of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of several current and former mayors eyeing the White House in 2020.

Why Mayors Are Running

Touting the virtues of city-level government, mayors from across the country may be throwing their hats into the 2020 election ring—and no wonder.

A photo of attorneys leaving the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md., after a hearing on the federal government's motion to dismiss the NAACP lawsuit over concerns about the 2020 census.

Cities Are Bracing for 2020 Census Chaos

The Supreme Court may decide the fate of the citizenship question that the Trump administration wants to add to the census.

Hope You Aren't Counting on Getting a Tax Refund This Winter

Millions of low-income households rely on the Earned Income Tax Credit to help them get through the winter. Too bad most IRS workers are furloughed.

Low-Income Renters Face Eviction, Thanks to the Government Shutdown

Contracts for federal housing assistance are expiring, and thousands of low-income seniors and disabled renters could face eviction.

A map of Section 8 housing in Dallas, Texas.

See How Landlords Pack Section 8 Renters Into Poorer Neighborhoods

HUD and census data show how landlords nationwide shut their doors on renters receiving housing assistance. A new federal law would prohibit that.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to reporters outside her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after she announced that she has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for president in 2020.

Elizabeth Warren’s Housing Crisis Plan Hints at Reparations

Warren’s American Housing and Economic Mobility Act appears to address historic racial redlining policies. Just don’t call it “reparations,” some experts say.

A photo of a dense multifamily apartment building near the Number 7 subway stop in Long Island City in Queens, New York.

2018 Was the Year of the YIMBY

A milestone upzoning plan in Minneapolis capped a year that saw pro-housing forces duel NIMBYs in cities nationwide.

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Putting a Price on NIMBYism

A new Housing Policy Debate paper explores a deeply controversial idea: a cap-and-trade system for building affordable housing. Some New Jersey lawmakers want to give it a try.

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Why Is It Legal for Landlords to Refuse Section 8 Renters?

San Jose and Baltimore are considering bills to prevent landlords from rejecting tenants based on whether they are receiving federal housing aid. Why is that necessary?

A photo of an encampment of homeless people outside Minneapolis,

Why Minneapolis Just Made Zoning History

The ambitious Minneapolis 2040 plan will encourage more dense housing development in single-family neighborhoods.

A photo of an unfinished apartment building under construction in Torrance, California.

California's Pro-Housing YIMBYs Are Making Their Move

The state’s lawmakers are getting serious about removing the most serious roadblock to building new affordable housing.

A photo of a volunteer in Omaha processing petitions to expand Medicaid for Nebraska.

For the Poor, Obamacare Can Reduce Late Rent Payments

A first-of-its kind study suggests that Medicaid expansion under the ACA boosts financial outcomes—and keeps people from losing their homes.

Construction on a housing development in Detroit.

Black Homeowners Saw Greater Home Price Appreciation Than Whites in Some Areas

In some cities black homebuyers did better than whites, Latinos, and Asians in recent years. The problem is that there aren’t enough of them.

Stan Lee’s New York City

The Marvel Comics maestro gave his superheroes a city that’s colorful, dangerous, rude, quippy, and full of heart. It might be his greatest creation.

A photo of Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at a Texas town hall in January.

In Purple Texas, the Last Conservative City Falls

Despite a narrow defeat to Ted Cruz in the midterms, Beto O’Rourke conquered the state’s last major conservative urban area, and helped Democrats statewide.

A photo of advocates in Helena, Montana, at a rally in support of a bill to protect the state's Medicaid expansion.

The Midterm Election Is a Referendum on the Social Safety Net

Whether Democrats gain the House or the Senate or neither, the 116th Congress will decide the fate of public spending on America’s most vulnerable families.

An activist with the League of Women Voters of Maryland carries signs of Maryland's gerrymandered districts outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can Voters End Gerrymandering When Politicians Won’t?

On Election Day, voters in Michigan, Utah, Missouri, and Colorado will decide if independent commissions—not lawmakers—should draw their states’ political districts.