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Spencer Buell

Staff Writer at Boston Magazine

Spencer Buell is a staff writer for Boston, covering news, politics, technology, the T, legal weed, french fries, bears, Brady, and beer. He used to be a news reporter for Metro Boston and the Arlington Advocate.

City Life

Give Yourself the Gift of Not Caring at All Whether People Wear Masks Outdoors

Brookline has become the target of nationwide scorn for keeping its “mandate” in place, but can everyone just take a breather, please?

City Life

Are We about to Face Another Summer of Fireworks Hell in Boston?

The warmer weather could mean those constant booms are back. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

City Life

They Wanted to Call Roller World. Instead They’ve Been Calling the New York Times

A White House reporter with a phone number dangerously close to Roller World’s has been fielding calls from its customers for more than a decade.

Arts & Entertainment

Movie Theaters Are Reopening in Boston. Here’s What You Need to Know

Blockbusters on the big screen are back on the menu.

City Life

How Boston Plans to Respond after the Derek Chauvin Verdict

As the jury announced its verdict, the city prepared to mobilize.

City Life

A Survival Guide to Parking in the North End

How to park in a neighborhood where spots are notoriously hard to find.

Arts & Entertainment

What to Know before Buying Tickets to Post-COVID Concerts in Boston

Live music is back on the calendar for 2021. Here’s what that means.

Arts & Entertainment

The ICA Watershed Will Return with a “Monumental” Immersive Installation

After a yearlong hiatus, the free art gallery makes its return with another sprawling ocean-themed installation.

City Life

What You Need to Know about the Idea of a “Vaccine Pass”

Here’s where things stand in Massachusetts and on a federal level.

City Life

I Can’t Stop Thinking about the BU Dorm Bat Fiasco

Three students, fending for themselves with a bat in a dorm room, simply bludgeoned it to death.

City Life

Here’s Looking at You, Extra-Long Massachusetts of 1783

The debate over D.C. statehood has revived the forgotten supersized version of the Commonwealth of yore.

City Life

An Insider’s Guide to Getting a Vaccine Appointment in Massachusetts

An expert on working the system to get people badly needed appointments shares her secrets.

City Life

What You Need to Know If You’re Commuting to Work Again

Whether you’re traveling by car or T, here’s what to expect and how to prepare if the farthest you’ve commuted recently is from your bed to your couch.

Arts & Entertainment

Things to Do in Boston Now That You’re Vaccinated and Ready to Party

Finally ready to hit the town worry-free? We’ve got you covered.

City Life

Luke O’Neil Found Fresh Hell in the Suburbs. But What Exactly Did He Leave Behind?

In his second book, Lockdown in Hell World, he reflects on leaving Boston mid-pandemic, and watching it slip away.