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.

A photo of the Vianden castle rising above the tree-covered Ardennes hills in northern Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s New Deal: Free Transit and Legal Weed

It’s not just public transit: The Grand Duchy’s progressive new government also raised the minimum wage and gave everyone two extra days off.

A screenshot of Cambridge University’s map of murders in medieval London.

Mapping the Gruesome Murders of Medieval London

Using coroners’ records from the 1300s, Cambridge researchers reveal what violence looked like in a dangerous city with little law enforcement.

A protester wears a yellow vest, the symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel fuel prices.

France Gives In to ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters’ Demands

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the government will cancel plans to increase fuel taxes—but the energy powering the protests likely won’t disappear.

Spain Wants to Ban Cars in Dozens of Cities, and the Public’s on Board

As Madrid bans cars in the city center, the national government plans to do the same in more than 100 other places. A new survey suggests broad support across the country.

Cranes build new buildings in Berlin, Germany.

Berlin’s Massive Housing Push Sparks a Debate About the City’s Future

The German capital has vowed to build 200,000 new homes, with half reserved for affordable rents. But where can they go?

A temporary housing prototype

How Temporary Tiny Homes Could Solve Dutch Cities’ Housing Crises

As the Netherlands struggles to keep pace with its need for new homes, many cities like Rotterdam have sprouted temporary micro-neighborhoods.

A man wears a mask with the likeness of French president Emmanuel Macron as people take part in the nationwide "Yellow Vest" demonstrations, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, in Haulchin, France.

Why Drivers Are Leading a Protest Movement Across France

The rapidly developing “Yellow Vest” movement took over streets and highways to oppose rising gas and diesel taxes. It might also be a proxy for frustrations about rising costs and falling living standards.

A photo of British Prime Minister Theresa May announcing her government's Brexit deal outside No. 10 Downing Street

Britain Finally Has a Brexit Deal. Everyone Hates It.

Amid resignations, it's clear the U.K. government massively misjudged how leaving the European Union would play out.

A view of the Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline.

Cities Around Paris Strike a Rare Agreement to Ban Diesel Cars

France’s most comprehensive car ban marks an important moment of cooperation for oft-quarreling municipalities.

Stairs from the Eiffel Tower, to be auctioned in Paris.

For Sale: A Piece of the Eiffel Tower

A section of the tower’s original staircase is up for auction in Paris this month.

A pair of black, London Underground-themed Adidas sneakers with red and blue trim.

The London Underground Now Has Its Own Sneaker Line

The lines around the block to buy them aren’t because of their design or inevitable collector’s item status. It’s because they’re basically free for straphangers.

A photograph of a visitor to the Kungstradgarden ice rink in downtown Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm Isn’t Buying This Apple Store

The Swedish capital has rebuffed the tech giant’s scheme to build a new Apple Store in the Kungsträdgården, the city’s central square.

People sit on a wall in Berlin's Kreuzberg district

Why Google Rejected Berlin

After a storm of community resistance, the tech giant has reversed its plans to build a new campus in the city’s trendy Kreuzberg district.

People walk in a pedestrian-only zone along the river Seine.

Paris Gets to Keep Its Car Ban

Mayor Anne Hidalgo shifted her defense of the pedestrianization plan, winning with an argument that a car ban protects the city’s heritage and tourism.

Traffic on Paris's Champs-Elysees.

France Plans Congestion Pricing for Big Cities

A new bill would let cities charge drivers for using the road. Will local governments jump at the chance?

London’s Latest Bit of Rail Infrastructure Is a Very Old Street

After a revamp, a tunneled Victorian thoroughfare has become part of London Bridge Station.

What Small, Diverse Music Venues Mean to New York City

They play an important role in building community, and nightlife advocates say that needs to be taken more seriously by officials.

Adults and children explore an urban play-garden.

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

The French capital, under Mayor Anne Hidalgo, could be a model for how cities can mitigate and plan for climate change. But change has not come easily.

Why Does London Have So Much Empty Space?

Vacant properties add up to more than eight times the size of Central Park. The city could do more to encourage short-term uses of these spaces.