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.

Barcelona Mayor Calls for a Third Way to Solve Catalonia Crisis

Ada Colau, a self-proclaimed “municipalist,” criticized threats from both Spanish nationalists and Catalonian independence seekers at CityLab Paris. She says city leaders are distinctly positioned to find compromise.

Nasty Ads Force Londoners to See Their Pollution Problem

To build support for a new charge on older cars, the mayor’s office tells the public, “If you could see London’s air, you’d want to clean it too.”

A man walks his bicycle beside a train in Paris.

Breaking Down the Many Ways Europe's City-Dwellers Get to Work

One chart shows which cities do best when it comes to biking, walking, or taking public transit to work.

A Bright Idea to Revive a Neighborhood

The financial crisis brought (literally) darker times to parts of Athens. Now one neighborhood is fighting to bring light back to the streets.

In Copenhagen, Bike Commuting Gets a Little Less Popular

Denmark’s capital may be a cyclists’ paradise, but recent trends show what’s really necessary to sustain a bike boom.

How a Fart Became Berlin's Weirdest Policing Scandal

It's taken an incredible amount of resources to get to the bottom of this one.

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Amsterdam Doesn't Want Any More Stores for Tourists

So-called “Nutella Shops” are among the businesses now in the Dutch capital’s crosshairs.

Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs

A U.K. study finds a clear connection between density and obesity—and even rural areas fare better than suburban ones.

Haze covering Big Ben

Wood-Burning Stoves Are Fouling London's Air

In nearly every corner of the city, particulate matter levels far exceed the limits set by the World Health Organization.

Building Community Through Better Street Lights

A new film highlights a pioneering lighting project in historic Cartagena.

Protesters display Catalonian separatist flags in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Where the Catalonian Crisis Came From

The politics behind the region’s independence movement are murky, but the stakes for Spain are clear.

A Master of Public Housing Gets His Due

The architect Neave Brown has won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for the extraordinary public housing he designed in London in the 1960s and ’70s, setting a standard not matched since.  

Mapping Where Europe's Population Is Moving, Aging, and Finding Work

Younger people are fleeing rural areas, migrating northward, and having fewer children. Here’s how that’s changing the region.

Boris Johnson's London, Dissected

A new book casts a glance over the architectural follies of London’s former mayor.

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How to Be a Good 'Night Mayor'

New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities that have tried it so far.

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Berlin After the Elections

Electorally, the city’s East-West separation remains almost as clear as ever.

Subway tracks are pictured in Copenhagen.

A Challenge to Copenhagen's Model of Development

A battle over a city park highlights a flaw in the city’s much-praised approach to balancing its books.

London Dumps Uber

The city vows to revoke the ride-hailing giant’s license, citing public safety concerns. But the legal battle may be only starting.

An inspector stands in front of an archway in a dark sewer tunnel

London's Sewers Are Clogged With Massive Globs of Fat. Here’s Why It’s Hard to Get Rid of Them

“Fatbergs,” these vast bundles of congealed grease, are becoming the stuff of urban legend—but preventing their formation can be complex.

Paris's Car Debate Gets Personal

Pro-car protestors publish Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s direct telephone number. But that doesn’t mean she’s prepared to listen.