Mimi Kirk

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The Birmingham Suburb That Wants to Segregate Its Schools

The predominately white, prosperous city of Gardendale hopes to secede from its poorer, more diverse school district.


Africa's First High-Speed Train Is Coming

The Moroccan megaproject is set to debut next year. But the North African nation has more pressing needs.

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Can America’s Aging Stay in Their Homes?

A recent report outlines a number of challenges to aging in place.

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Is China Building a Ghost City on Malaysian Islands?

A Chinese company is constructing high-rises on man-made land. Will people live there?

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How to Support Mental Health Through Urban Planning

This group advocates designing cities with emotional well-being in mind.  

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How to Help Urban Refugees

An organization based in Amman, Jordan, takes a psychological approach to aiding Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

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To Help Residents With Dementia, One Japanese City Has a High-Tech Fix

Stickers with QR codes are just one innovation in a multi-pronged plan to serve the aging population.

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How to Understand Urban Violence in the Middle East

A recent book contextualizes historic and modern brutality across the region.

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The Co-Working Space That's Parked at the Beach

A San Diego company gets workers out of city cubicles and into nature.

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The Luxury Resort Sweeping Away Beirut's Last Public Beach

A lack of public space makes the development of the Ramlet el-Bayda beach particularly painful for the poorer residents of Lebanon’s capital city.

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How Sacramento Rolled Out a Mobile Restroom for the Homeless ​​​​​​​

The Pit Stop project hired restroom attendants who can empathize with the population they’re trying to reach.

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The Chicago Toy Store for Kids With Autism

Families are driving from all over the Midwest to the new retailer.

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Atlanta's Plan to Create Its Own Times Square

The city wants to spur foot traffic, business, and density through a new “bright lights district.” Urban lighting scholars point out some pitfalls.

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An LGBT Rally Tests the Limits of Singapore's Free-Speech Park

In response, the government has made organizing protests that much harder.  

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The Tricky Nature of Reusing Urban Timber

Two Connecticut brothers collect the remains of city trees and fashion them into furniture and art.


Africa's First Bike-Share Just Launched in Morocco

Marrakech’s Medina Bike is the latest in a series of projects in the North African country that combat climate change.

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What Dubai's Newest Theme Park Reveals About Its Urbanism

The city’s latest diversion might spur the economy, but it excludes the majority of the population.

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The Danish Food Park That Wants to Nourish the World

An agricultural park outside the city of Aarhus is a proving ground for the future of food innovation and urban farming.