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.

Women pose as sex workers in videos at the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam's red light district.

Gawking Tourists Force Amsterdam to Reconsider the Red Light District

As travelers overwhelm De Wallen—the neighborhood known for its sex industry—the city considers changing its appearance or moving it altogether.

Europe’s Cities Weren’t Built for This Kind of Heat

A record-breaking heat wave across London, Paris, and Amsterdam is signaling an urgent need for design and cultural changes to combat climate change.

A two-story building in the High Tech style with an exposed steel frame.

A 1980s Grocery Store Is London’s Latest Protected Building

The building, designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw, is the first-ever supermarket to appear on the National Heritage List for England.

In Madrid, a Car Ban Proves Stronger Than Partisan Politics

A new mayor vowed to bring vehicles back to the city center. The strong citizen backlash suggests that European cities’ car bans are not, in fact, in peril.

Rendering of the top of the 'Tulip' above London's skyline at night, with The Shard in the middle distance.

Why London’s Proposed ‘Tulip’ Tower Won’t Bloom

Sadiq Khan used his discretionary powers to cancel the Norman Foster design. Does this signal a tougher attitude to flashy development?

A woman wheels a suitcase on a platform toward a train.

In Denmark’s Train Dream, the Next Big City Is Only an Hour Away

A newly revived rail plan could see Denmark’s trains catch up with its reputation for other types of green transit.

Berlin’s Plan to Preserve Affordable Apartments: Buy Them

To ward off rent hikes and evictions at the hands of new building owners, the city will purchase about 700 homes the much-coveted Karl Marx Allee neighborhood.

A bridge-like elevated park in London, with the River Thames in the background.

That Sinking Feeling: London's 'Tide' Disappoints

London’s newest destination, on North Greenwich Peninsula, shows why it’s time to stop copying New York City’s High Line.

France’s Next High-Speed Trains Could Be Run by Spain

Spain’s national rail operator has quietly become a leader in Europe. Now it wants to compete with its neighbor to the north.

European Cities Fear They’ll Lose Power to Regulate Airbnb

Facing housing shortages and mass tourism, 10 major cities want the European Union to protect their ability to regulate vacation rentals at the local level.

a photo of Parisians cooling off in the fountains of the Trocadero Gardens earlier this week

As Record Heat Roasts Europe, Paris Prepares for the Worst

The French capital is rolling out its new heat emergency procedures as Europe boils in a record-breaking heat wave.

a photo of Zurich, Switzerland

Death to Livability!

What does it really mean when certain kinds of cities keep getting ranked as the world’s “most livable”?

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Is This the End of the Road for Madrid’s Car Ban?

With more conservative leadership moving in after elections, the Spanish capital’s pollution-fighting regulations on private vehicles may be in danger.

Berlin Will Freeze Rents for Five Years

Local lawmakers agreed to one of Europe’s most radical rental laws, but it sets the stage for a battle with Germany’s national government.

Paris Wants to Grow ‘Urban Forests’ at Famous Landmarks

The city plans to fill some small but treasured sites with trees—a climate strategy that may also change the way Paris frames its architectural heritage.

The Empty Spaces That Elevate London’s Brutalist Masterpiece

A new plan aims to fill in some of the Barbican Estate’s loftier spaces and alter the original footprint. Will the integrity of the historic complex be at risk?

a photo of a tourist taking a picture of a fox in the abandoned city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

No, Instagram Is Not Ruining Chernobyl

A (mostly mythical) surge in visitors to the nuclear disaster site raises a question: Can mass tourism spoil a place that’s already famous for being uninhabitable?

When Street Food Builds One Community, and Rankles Another

Berlin’s Thaipark has long represented the best of what informal food markets have to offer. So why does the city think it’s a problem?

Ireland Is Ready to Bet Big on Battery-Powered Trains

In an effort modernize its rail system, the country is looking to a technology it pioneered in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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Trump's State Visit to London Got Weird Fast

The U.S. president began his U.K. trip by insulting London Mayor Sadiq Khan; soon the Trump baby blimp will fly again.