Feargus O'Sullivan

Feargus O'Sullivan

Feargus O'Sullivan is a contributing writer to CityLab, covering Europe. His writing focuses on housing, gentrification and social change, infrastructure, urban policy, and national cultures. He has previously contributed to The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, and Next City, among other publications.

Dutch Cities Don't Love Weed

The Hague’s new ban on the public consumption is the latest signal of the country’s waning tolerance. It could also be a step toward a happier medium.

Barcelona Forces Banks to Turn Repossessed Homes Into Affordable Housing

To address a housing shortage, Spain’s second city says bank-owned properties can no longer sit empty.

Lessons From Europe's Densest Neighborhoods

Examine the densest areas in each country and you’ll find some striking trends: Many were built in the same era for the same reasons, but their current popularity is a far cry from where they began.

Six different garbage bins

Britain's Beautiful Garbage Bins

The wide range of designs U.K. municipalities use for their ubiquitous plastic receptacles are getting their due, thanks to Harry Trimble.

Berlin Just Canceled Its Airbnb Ban

The city will formally allow vacation rentals again, but there’s a strict new set of rules—and even tougher penalties.

Line drawings of Pseudo-Georgian buildings.

An Artistic Twist on London's Pseudo-Georgian Architecture

A photogenic and tongue-in-cheek look at the commonly reviled design trend that signifies London’s luxury housing boom.

Berlin Contends With Street Names of a Brutal, Overlooked Past

The city’s African Quarter is full of signs tied to Germany’s colonial era—but a campaign to rename them is picking up steam.

The EU Is Giving Teens a Month of Free Train Travel Across Europe

The cultural enrichment plan could change young lives, and maybe even revive the heyday of the Interrail train pass.

Grenfell Tower is pictured.

Britain Plans a Memorial for Grenfell, a Tragedy That's Far From Over

Survivors will get a final say over the site’s future. Meanwhile, little has been done to prevent the same thing from happening again.

Brussels Makes an Extreme Plan to Fight Pollution Emergencies

When the air gets bad, transit would be free. When it gets worse, the city would effectively grind to a halt.

Modernism in London's 'Metro-Land'

Linked to the urban core by state-of-the-art electric trains by 1900, this area was in many ways a harbinger of a cleaner, brighter future.

Court Says Paris's Car Ban Is Illegal

The city vows to fight for its plans to pedestrianize a major thoroughfare along the river Seine.

A row of homes in North London.

A Fix to the U.K. Housing Crunch: Have More Money

Why can’t British Millennials afford homes? Some media coverage suggests it’s their personal spending habits.

A woman walks with her greyhound dogs along a path in the Durand forest near the French border.

Paris Plans a Suburban Forest Five Times the Size of Central Park

A green lung in the city’s northeastern suburbs.

Eurostar trains on the platform at London St Pancras Station.

Can This European High-Speed Train Compete With Airlines?

As flying grows even less attractive, a new London-to-Amsterdam rail route could steal passengers from the skies.

Paris Cracks Down on Slumlords

A new case delivers on the government’s promise to treat bad landlords “like drug dealers.”

A Former Gestapo Headquarters Gets a Tone-Deaf Redevelopment

As this week’s protests show, memories of what went on there are far from gone—nor should they be.

Automation Will Deepen England's North-South Divide

A new report maps which cities will see the biggest job losses—unless Britain acts fast.

A section of the Berlin Wall is pictured.

Rediscovered: 250 Missing Feet of the Berlin Wall

A historian just revealed a large section of the former east-west barrier hidden away in the woods.

Paris: 'Please Do Not Give Us This Jeff Koons Sculpture'

Wrong art, wrong location, say critics.