Mimi Kirk, CityLab

Mimi Kirk


Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Mimi:

A City Map Made for (And by) Kids

Growing Up Boulder created the nation’s first printed kid-friendly city map, designed to help parents and children find their way in the Colorado city. → Read More

The Latest Trend in Co-Working: Child Care

In the booming co-working industry, some companies are standing out by opening their space up for children and working parents alike. → Read More

A Garden to Mark the Toll of Gun Violence—and Help Survivors Heal

A special garden planned for New Haven, Connecticut, will likely be the first permanent memorial of its kind in the United States. → Read More

How to Design Playgrounds for the World’s Most Vulnerable Kids

New UNICEF reports explore the ultimate design challenge: How to provide spaces to play and prosper for children living in urban poverty. → Read More

These 'Persuasive Maps' Aren't Concerned With the Facts

A digital collection from Cornell University shows how subjective maps can be used to manipulate, rather than present the world as it really is. → Read More

How Baby Boomers Are Thwarting Millennial Home Buyers

In Generation Priced Out, Randy Shaw examines how Boomers have blocked affordable housing in urban neighborhoods, leaving Millennial homebuyers in the lurch. → Read More

The Selective Singapore of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Does the film really show us Singapore? It's a city where more than 80 percent of people live in public housing blocks called HDBs, yet we never see one. → Read More

In Cities, Lead Exposure Is Lowering Fertility

New research sounds the alarm on how high levels of lead in topsoil are causally linked to infertility. → Read More

Why More States Are Privatizing Foster Care

The number of kids in foster care is climbing, and so are public costs. In search of efficiencies, many states have at least partially privatized their systems. → Read More

Mapping Palestine Before Israel

A new open-source project uses British historical maps to reveal what Palestine looked like before 1948. → Read More

The Kids Trying to Green One of L.A.'s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

For generations, oil refineries brought jobs—and pollution—to the residents of Wilmington. Can a new generation of youthful activists make it a healthier place to grow up? → Read More

What Should I Do With My Family's Confederate Hero?

My great-great-great-grandfather, a Civil War general and reputed Klan leader, sits atop an equestrian statue in front of the Georgia State Capitol. Some local lawmakers think it’s time for him to come down. → Read More

The Spaces That Can Ease Childhood Trauma

Children’s Advocacy Centers make sure kids only have to tell their story of abuse once. → Read More

The Seductive Power of a Suburban Utopia

Serenbe, an intentional community outside Atlanta, promises urban pleasures without the messiness of city life. → Read More

What Research Says About Arming Teachers

Bottom line: It creates risk and the potential for further violence. → Read More

In Public Support for Student Protesters, Race Matters

The media and the public have tended to offer support for the teen protesters from Parkland, Florida, and other predominantly white communities. It’s been a different story for youth of color. → Read More

The Push for Charter Schools and Vouchers in Puerto Rico

Pro-statehood leaders are re-envisioning the territory’s schools in the wake of Hurricane Maria. But the privatization process started before the storm hit. → Read More

The U.S. States Most Affected by Childhood Trauma

Kids repeatedly exposed to violence, homelessness, and addiction are more likely to carry the long-term effects into adulthood. A new report breaks down the geographic and racial distribution of this trauma. → Read More

The Age-Friendly City Can't Just Be for the Wealthy

University of Manchester researchers argue that the movement to make cities more livable for older residents must expand its work on inequality. → Read More

A Comic Book Battle Against Gentrification in St. Paul

To catch the eyes of city officials, St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood is launching a small area plan in cartoon form. → Read More