Sara Johnson

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The New Tallest Building on the West Coast

The Wilshire Grand will beat out the current title-holder by 82 feet.

Megan Heltzel/National Geographic Kids

Here's What the World's Largest Collection of Soon-To-Be-Recycled Shoes Looks Like

It took 25 magazine employees five hours to lay out the 16,407 used tennies.

This Adorable Disney Short Takes on the Serendipity of City Life

The Oscar-nominated short 'Paperman' romanticizes missed connections.

Detroit Free Press

Deadly Pileup in Detroit Is 'a Mile Long'

"Whiteout conditions" appear to have caused at least 30 drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

Facebook Data Science

Almost No One in the Western U.S. Is Rooting for the Ravens, According to Facebook Data

One more American divide to examine, ahead of Super Bowl XLVII.

John Gress/Reuters

It's So Cold in Chicago, Firefighters Left This Warehouse Covered in Ice

This is what happens when you fight a fire in below-freezing temperatures.

Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

The World's Weirdest New Hotel Rooms

Chocolate, ice, and other strange spots to rest your weary head.

Sara Johnson

Diversity in the 113th Congress Looks Pathetic When You Plot It On a Map

Race and gender ratios in the U.S. House: Still terrible.

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The Top 20 U.S. Metros for Year-End 2012 Pay Increases

Houston and Seattle top one list of actual wage growth from 2011 to 2012.

Urban Trends We Hope Die in 2013

Enough with the yarn bombing already, and other wishes for the new year.

Courtesy of Uber, U.S. Census

Our Favorite Apps of 2012

The city-focused mobile technology we had the most fun with this year.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

A Search for America's Merriest Cities (Inspired By Dr. Seuss)

Introducing the Grinch Conversion Index. Where in the United States is Whoville?

Courtesy of Walk Score

A Few Surprises in New Bike Scores

Austin and Pittsburgh don't fare very well in Walk Score's bikeability ranking.

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Top 10 Small U.S. Cities Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs

The rise in core city populations isn't only happening in large metros.

Robert Pratta/Reuters

Lyon Awash in Lights

Larger-than-life men and a glowing cathedral.

China Daily/Reuters

China's Extreme Holdouts

One house is left standing in the middle of a newly built road in Zhejiang province.

Mike Segar/Reuters

What Republicans Are Really Up Against: Population Density

To win in 2016, the party needs to revamp their stance on urban policies.

Courtesy of PBS NewsHour

California Photographer Shoots in Google Street View

Doug Rickard scours Google's maps to find instances of the ordinary buried inside.

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What Does the College Classroom of the Future Look Like?

A design firm favors tossing out lectures and bringing collaboration to class.