Mimi Kirk

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Protecting the Street Art of Athens

The Street Art Conservators battle time and the elements in an effort to preserve the Greek capital’s world-class cache of graffiti.

Courtesy Kono Designs

The Tokyo Company Helping to Solve Japan's Farming Crisis

Human resources firm Pasona sends city slickers to the countryside to learn the trade.

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

The Bangkok Park Crawling With Huge Lizards

City officials have started to relocate the creatures.

Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan's War on Overwork

In an effort to combat a culture of runaway overtime, Tokyo’s governor recently announced that municipal employees must head home by 8 p.m.

Gabriel Wildau/Reuters

The Chinese City Bursting With Tchotchkes

In Yiwu, vendors in a gargantuan warehouse peddle the cheap goods the world knows so well.

Hassan Ammar/AP

Has Mecca Become a Disneyland for the Rich?

Despite concerns about heritage and inequality, the Saudi government’s over-the-top construction projects continue in the holy city.

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

How Beijing's New Residency System Reinforces Rural-Urban Inequality

The Chinese capital is instituting a process through which migrants can achieve residency and its privileges. But who does it really benefit?

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Farewell to the Clickety-Clack of Philadelphia's Train Station Display Board

Philadelphia is one of the last major East Coast cities to replace its flipping sign with a digital one.

Courtesy Muneera Al-Hussainan

Kuwait's Answer to Scarce Housing: More Villas, More Sprawl

The Persian Gulf nation is building five new cities on the outskirts of the capital to fulfill its promise of a house for every Kuwaiti family.

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Yangon's Push to Regulate Street Vending

In the Myanmar city, government officials are intensifying efforts to control—and ultimately house—the informal businesses.

Courtesy Whirlpool

One Answer to School Attendance: Washing Machines

When washers and dryers were added to 17 schools through a new program, attendance rates shot up.

Steve Marcus/Reuters

Dubai's Interest in the Hyperloop Is Shockingly Sensible

It’s all about the massive Jebel Ali port.


The History Behind Cannes Banning the Burkini

The ordinance forbidding women from wearing the modest swimsuit is only the latest instance of dictating Muslim women’s attire in France.


A Persian Gulf Shopping Mall for the 1 Percent

In Qatar’s capital of Doha, a new retail center will cater to millionaires.

Jamal Saidi/Reuters

How Beirut's Garbage Crisis Led to More Recycling

After trash piled up in the Lebanese capital, residents started taking rubbish into their own hands.

Bobby Yip/Reuters

K-Pop Makes the Scene in Seoul

The South Korean capital is developing a neglected area of the city to tout its famous music genre.

Daigo Ishii/Future-scape Architects

What If Every City Looked Like Tokyo?

A Japanese architect has Tokyo-ified six famous metropolises.

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Why Singapore Will Get Self-Driving Cars First

The city-state seems practically destined for autonomous vehicles.