The artist’s new statue, “Rumors of War,” is an equestrian figure standing on a stone podium. On its rearing stallion sits a young black man wearing a hoodie and Nike high-tops.
Kriston CappsKehinde Wiley says that equestrian war memorials are a fantasy. He tells me he hired Hollywood horses to re-create some Velázquez paintings with men on horseback. “It turns out, the artists were lying. No man-to-horse is that ratio.”
Although the view on the streets might tell a different story, Houston decreased its homeless population by 54% since 2011, according to an annual census. In Dallas, the trend is the opposite — and housing affordability might make the problem even...
Kriston Capps@CityLab Houston has in fact seen a huge decline in homelessness, whereas the figures are spiking in Dallas and other Texas cities. @jpgarnham has that story
The Supreme Court is refusing to hear a case about banning sleeping on the streets, but homeless advocates are bracing for an executive order.
Kriston CappsThe White House is mulling an executive order to give funds to police departments for clearing out homeless encampments, and to strip funds from cities who tolerate any tents. New from @CityLab
California is spending $187 million to try to ensure an accurate count of its population. The Texas Legislature decided not to devote any money to the job. Why? The key seems to be which party controls state government.
Kriston CappsDeliberate undercounting in the 2020 Census will lead to gerrymandering by neglect
As part of the sale, the Atlantic is making layoffs.
Kriston CappsPeople are asking good questions about @CityLab. One point folks are missing: @TheAtlantic laid off the entire staff this week.
Some folks here hope to get jobs with the new owners. But most staffers will need other jobs. Because we all just got laid off.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is expanding New York's landmark tenant protections, and a pair of U.S. senators have introduced the Eviction Crisis Act.
Kriston CappsNew York is expanding its right to counsel for eviction cases to more neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Other cities are looking at legislating a right to an attorney in housing court. So is @MichaelBennet
The White House's new homelessness czar, Robert Marbut Jr., promotes a punitive model for providing homeless services.
Kriston Capps@USICHgov The new White House czar on homelessness has spent his career telling city councils and reporters that panhandlers spend 93 percent of the money they receive on drugs, sex, and alcohol.
But no such research exists
Kriston CappsHomelessness is another topic, like vaping, that occupies more brain power at the White House than you'd guess. The Trump administration favors a specific approach, and they just brought on the guy who's going to execute it
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Kriston CappsTreasury is hiring an apprentice picture engraver for banknotes. This is the most old-timey job in Washington
The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would commit up to $180 billion over a decade to upgrading 1.2 million federally owned homes.
Kriston CappsEasy-to-overlook provision in @AOC and @SenSanders's GND for public housing: It would repeal the Faircloth Amendment, which caps the number of public housing units at the level that existed in 1999.
That's right. Building new public housing is illegal.
Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium is taking up a very desirable plot of federal land—and no one can agree what to do with it.
Kriston CappsMayor Bowser is aiming to buy the 190-acre parcel where RFK Stadium stands from the federal government. A purchase—not a fee-simple transfer or lease extension—would mean the Washington NFL team could return without changing its name.