Mimi Kirk

Mimi Kirk

Mimi Kirk is a contributing writer to CityLab. She lives in Washington, D.C.

An exterior shot of the late Lee Kuan Yew's residence shows its proximity to downtown skyscrapers.

In Singapore, the Preservation Debate Comes Down to a Single House

The question of whether to demolish the home of the city-state’s former leader raises questions in a country that paves over the past.

Michelle Echevarria sits with her baby in their Bronx apartment, which has a severe mold problem.

Why Asthma Is a Housing Issue

A bill introduced to New York’s City Council would compel landlords to eradicate mold, vermin, and other asthma triggers that are particularly pervasive in low-rent units.

A young man fills out an application at a Chicago job fair.

The Crisis of Unemployment Among Chicago Youth

A new report teases out the causes and costs of joblessness among the city’s young people without high-school diplomas.

Amirah Mitchell, 14, harvests beets on a suburban Boston farm.

Envisioning Nature-Rich Cities

Author Richard Louv invites us to imagine a future filled with urban parks, greenery, and gardens.

A woman combs her mother's hair outside their home in a Kolkata slum.

Rethinking India's Slum Resettlement Policy

A recent study makes a case for the government to engage with slums, rather than relocating inhabitants to cities’ outskirts.

The team waits in the locker room before a match.

Meet the Migrant Workers Building Qatar's World Cup Stadiums

A new film follows the men playing in a soccer match comprised of laborers constructing buildings for the 2022 tournament.

Wedding-cake toppers of same-sex couples

The Challenges Stacked Against Aging LGBT Americans

A lifetime of discrimination puts this generation at higher risk for social isolation, health problems, and economic insecurity. What can be done?  

Fourth-graders Rocio Belmontes and Juan Patino attend class in Naranja, Florida.

Southern Schools Are Resegregating

Splintered school districts and the rise of charter schools are among the forces separating black and Latino students from their white counterparts.

A kid rides a bike through a fountain

How to Build a Better Kids' Bike

Isla Rowntree started a company to give children the best ride possible. Now she’s working to make the bikes sustainable.

The End of the Neighborhood School

Trump’s education budget aims to deliver a big boost to “school choice”—and siphon resources from urban schools in low-income areas.

How Some Kids Escape Poverty

Just 16 percent of children who grow up in poverty manage to become economically successful adults. How do they do it?

Two people load bags of groceries into the trunk of a car

Why Jitneys Will Survive Uber

Informal ridesharing is technically illegal, but it will likely endure—just as it has for a century.  

Pawan Goenka, president of India's EV company, Mahindra & Mahindra, displays a new electric sports car in 2014.

India's Revolutionary Plan to Make All Its Cars Electric

The government recently announced that gas cars will be phased out by 2030.

Danny McFadden, of Phoenix, a driver for AZ Iceman, loads up a pallet of bagged ice as temperatures were predicted to hit 115 during a heat wave in July 2007.

How Phoenix Helped Its Working Poor Beat the Summer Heat

The city organized a massive outreach campaign when it learned that low-income communities didn’t know about its free cooling stations.

People mill around in front of a gold-painted shipping container, part of the Portals Project, where they can share experiences around policing with residents around the world.

The 'Portals' Encouraging Real Conversations About Policing and Race

Two Yale professors are using immersive technology to enable connections between communities of color in low-income neighborhoods across four U.S. cities.

The dining car of Japan's Train Suite Shiki-Shima

Japan's Newest Train Is Basically a Luxury Hotel on Rails

In a country that really loves its trains, the latest wonder is about more than just a fancy trip.

The One Potential Problem With Fantastic Playgrounds

Do stunning structures leave enough room for kids' imaginations?

Students work in an open classroom at Douglas Park elementary school in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Who Thought 'Open Classrooms' Were a Good Idea?

The flexible, spacious school rooms of the 1960s and ‘70s often failed miserably. Why are some designers and educators trying to bring them back?

Women sit around a table drinking tea at the Hotel Roblin Paris in 1918.

Yes, Elite Women's Clubs Still Exist

In Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, members-only meetinghouses continue to occupy prime real estate.

A photo of Edith Macefield's small home in Seattle, sandwiched between a hulking shopping mall complex

The World's Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdouts

In the face of development, some steadfast souls refuse to budge.

Suburban home for sale

Who Will Buy Baby Boomers' Homes?

Years ago, housing experts predicted a housing crisis brought on by “the great senior sell-off.” But the seniors aren’t selling—yet.