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Past articles by Kriston:

Can Land Banks Get Us Out of This Mess?

A network of land banks in the U.S. could help prevent the long-term damage that some cities saw after the Great Recession, say bipartisan backers in Congress. → Read More

Tear the Confederate Memorials Down. Keep the Graffiti.

As protesters tear down a statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, the city’s Monument Avenue is facing a long-delayed reckoning with its Confederate memorials. → Read More

What Happens When the Eviction Bans End?

States are reopening courts to eviction hearings even as coronavirus-driven job losses continue, setting the stage for “a housing crisis of unparalleled magnitude.” → Read More

The Chilling Effect of the ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Fears of visa rejection or deportation keep immigrant families from receiving health care and food aid, despite increasingly urgent needs due to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Al Fresco Dining Is the Restaurant Industry’s Best Hope

To survive coronavirus summer, restaurants are rushing to claim space for outdoor seating. But can sidewalk tables and parking-lot patios provide enough revenue? → Read More

How to Survive the Coronavirus Housing Crisis

Worried about paying your rent or mortgage, avoiding eviction or foreclosure, renewing a lease, or getting housing assistance? These tips and resources can help. → Read More

The Race to Save Homeless Shelters from Coronavirus

Cities like San Francisco and New York City are moving shelter residents to hotels as Covid-19 spreads. But federal authorities have a different solution. → Read More

In the Fight Against Coronavirus, the Makers Have Mobilized

To sew masks, build protective gear, and fabricate medical equipment needed for Covid-19, networks of small-scale DIY manufacturers are springing up nationwide. → Read More

The Problem With a Coronavirus Rent Strike

Because of coronavirus, millions of tenants won’t be able to write rent checks. But calls for a rent holiday often ignore the longer-term economic effects. → Read More

Do Landlords Deserve a Coronavirus Bailout, Too?

Some renters and homeowners are getting financial assistance during the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. What about landlords? → Read More

These Coronavirus Immunity Jokes Are Love Letters to Home

Social media’s favorite Covid-19 meme is also an expression of strength, defiance and community affection in the face of a terrifying global pandemic. → Read More

Are Suburbs Safer From Coronavirus? Probably Not.

Urban density does play a role in disease transmission. But rural areas and suburban sprawl aren’t necessarily safer spaces to ride out the Covid-19 crisis. → Read More

The Census Bureau Wasn’t Counting on the Coronavirus

As census takers for the decennial survey prepare to knock on doors and count residents, anxieties about the spread of COVID-19 could hamper their efforts. → Read More

Joe Biden, Gentrification Foe, Has a Housing Plan

Biden pledged to halt displacement during the South Carolina debate—a reflection of how critical housing is in a state with sky-high eviction rates. → Read More

Landlords Are Using Next-Generation Eviction Tech

As tenant protections get stronger, corporate landlords use software to manage delinquent renters. But housing advocates see a tool for quicker evictions. → Read More

Nebraska’s Battle Over Single-Family Homes Is Not Much of a Battle

Housing costs are climbing in Omaha and Lincoln. Can the Cornhusker State legalize “missing middle” housing when coastal states have failed? → Read More

Texas Mayors to Governor: More Refugees, Please

Governor Greg Abbott says that Texas can’t afford to take in more refugees and other new arrivals. Mayors and resettlement experts say otherwise. → Read More

Why Mayors Are Endorsing More Moderate Presidential Candidates

Big-city mayors favor Mike Bloomberg after his late entry into the race, while leaders in smaller cities have lined up behind Pete Buttigieg. → Read More

Would Capping Office Space Ease San Francisco’s Housing Crunch?

Proposition E would put a moratorium on new commercial real estate if affordable housing goals aren’t met. But critics aren’t convinced it would be effective. → Read More

As Trump Ditches a Fair Housing Rule, New York City Doubles Down

HUD’s reversal of an Obama-era mandate on discrimination comes as the De Blasio administration releases its own, very different fair housing blueprint. → Read More