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.

Tapas and beers are served at a restaurant in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

What We Got Wrong About Spanish Lunch Breaks

In Spain, time is complicated.

Planes stream above Paris's Place de L'Étoile in celebration of Bastille Day

Donald Trump's Grasp of French History, Urban Planning Is Limited

However, he's not completely wrong about Napoleon.

Let's All Swim in the Once-Filthy Canals of Paris

Unlike many cities, the French capital has made good on its promise to re-open urban waterways to bathers. How did they do it?  

Say Goodbye to Spain's Glorious Three-Hour Lunch Break

Catalonia plans to shorten work hours—but don’t call it the end of the siesta.

Toulouse is one of several French cities that are joining Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team program.

An American Blueprint for Smarter Cities Arrives in France

Bloomberg Philanthropies teams up with French cities trying to break out of the national mold.

Employees sell currywurst in Berlin

Minimum Wages Do More Than Boost Workers' Income

A German report suggests sustainable success more than two years after a wage law took effect.

Iceland Is Sick of Tourists' Bad Behavior

Visitors are underestimating the country’s dangers—and taking locals for granted.

A man prepares a kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille

France's Kebab Crackdown

A food fight is breaking out in Marseille, where officials are casting the meat vendors as the enemies of a slicker, sleeker city center.

The main hall of the new Arnhem Station in the Netherlands

Planning the Transit Hubs of the Future

How do you future-proof railway stations, metro hubs, and bus terminals? Urban planner Caroline Bos has a few pointers.

Old cars in Paris are pictured.

France Will Ban Gasoline Vehicles By 2040

If any city is ready for this “veritable revolution,” it’s Paris.

When Cleaner Air Is Just a Fluke

Madrid has taken several steps to address its brown cloud, but that’s not the main reason air pollution decreased last year.

Vienna Makes Peace With Its Trash

The famously clean Austrian city boasts one of the world’s most innovative waste processing systems.

Traffic in London.

London Considers Making Drivers Pay Per Mile

Is this the end of the (free) road for London’s cars?

London's Summer of Discontent

As terror attacks and disasters meet political instability, London really is reeling this time.

A Call for 'Safety Gardens' to Protect From Vehicular Terrorism

After the attack on London Bridge, a campaign envisions an alternative to concrete barriers that would protect pedestrians and memorialize victims at the same time.

Did London's Housing Crisis Help Spark a Fatal Blaze?

Residents of Grenfell Tower could be indirect victims of the city’s approach to “affordable” housing.

How Belfast Became a Bargaining Chip

After a poor election showing, Britain's prime minister is courting a right-wing party that fights women’s rights and marriage equality. That might seriously stoke dormant tensions in Northern Ireland.

Hamburg Lets the Waters In

In response to rising tides, the city will give its river some much-needed space to breathe.

London's Richest Neighborhood Just Voted Labour. That's Astounding.

Theresa May’s Conservatives received a shocking drubbing in the U.K. elections. The results from one affluent London enclave offer a clue about why.  

Can 'Reinvent Paris 2' Rise Above Its Bad Reputation?

A groundbreaking architectural competition returns to Paris. Are its critics right to fear another fiasco?

Trump Can't Stop Attacking London

The president’s criticism of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to the latest terror attack has put Prime Minister Theresa May in a very tight spot.