Kriston Capps

Kriston Capps

Kriston Capps is a staff writer at CityLab.

Tracking the Shadow of Public Housing Budget Cuts

Anticipating billions in cuts to HUD's budget, public-housing authorities that allocate Section 8 housing vouchers are already starting to hold back.

New York Can't Afford to Lose Its Foreclosure Prevention Services Now

The program has helped tens of thousands of families escape mortgage default. The state can’t let those funds dry up.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents conduct an operation in Atlanta

In California, Landlords Threaten Immigrant Tenants with Deportations

Housing lawyers are reporting a troubling trend: Landlords exploiting the growing fear of immigration authorities to evict tenants, raise rents, and clear residents from gentrifying neighborhoods.

Who's Following Ben Carson?

CarsonWatch.org, that’s who. The HUD secretary’s every move is being closely monitored online by a confederation of housing advocates.

Keep Metro Bleak!

The raw concrete vaults of Washington, D.C.’s subway system are landmarks of Brutalist design. That hasn’t stopped transit officials from messing with them.  

Thwarting Cities in the Trump Era

State government gives the GOP a platform to keep acting as the opposition party—against “liberal cities.”

666 Fifth Avenue Is the Perfect Symbol for the Trump Era

From its shady financing to its spectacular design, Zaha Hadid's 666 Fifth Avenue captures the Trumpian moment.

The Many Mysteries of the Muslim Laptop Ban

A new Homeland Security rule will ban electronics on flights from airports in Muslim-majority countries. Is this protectionism or prudence? Well, it’s complicated.

Trump's Budget: Expect Reagan-Era Levels of Homelessness

Deep cuts to HUD could exacerbate the nation’s already severe affordable housing crisis.

President Trump's Border Wall Won't Be a Wall

The latest twist in the Homeland Security solicitation for a border wall: It doesn’t need to be a wall.

A taxi stuck in snow

Ride-Hailing Makes Any Snow Crisis Worse

Uber, Lyft, and delivery-on-demand apps put unnecessary drivers on the road during winter weather—and we all end up paying for it.

Dear Ben Carson: Start Making Sense

With major budget cuts looming for HUD, it’s time for the cabinet secretary to stand up for whatever it is he believes.

11 Percent of Voters Decided the Future of Los Angeles

L.A. rejected Measure S, a moratorium on new housing construction, by big margins. But it should never have been put to voters in the first place.

Border control agents patrol the fence along the U.S.–Mexico border near San Diego.

Here's What Global Building Companies Say About Designing Trump's Wall

So far, few of the firms that have expressed interest in the border wall project have the resources to pull it off.

Almost 200 Firms Are Interested in Building Trump's Wall

More may answer the call when the federal government lists its formal solicitation on March 6.

Trump's Wall Is Moving Forward Now, But It's Still Impossible

The government seeks contractors for design prototypes of a border wall with Mexico, a project that’s (probably!) still a pipe dream.

Protesters at Chicago's Trump Tower

Chicago Braces for an Austerity Double Whammy

The state of Illinois and the Trump administration are both mulling potentially draconian budget cuts.

Epic Boondoggles, Ranked

It’s not the Big Dig or the Second Avenue Subway. America’s biggest infrastructure quagmires are much, much larger than that.

Another Front in the Texas War to Preserve Segregated Housing

A new bill to change the application for housing tax credits would make it virtually impossible to build new low-income housing anywhere in the Lone Star State.