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

Please, I Am Begging You, No More QR Codes

I can’t take it anymore.

City Life

The Interview: Jim Canales

As head of Boston’s largest charitable foundation, Jim Canales weighs in on the city’s most pressing issues and the art of spreading a little cheer.

Arts & Entertainment

13 Boston Experiences You Can Give as Gifts This Year

Your friends don’t need any more candles, trust us.

City Life

What Is This Part of Boston, Massachusetts Actually Called?

Correctly identifying the collection of buildings around Faneuil Hall is no easy task.

City Life

You Simply Must Say “Starch Me Up” at Thanksgiving This Year

I don’t make the rules. Bill Belichick does.

City Life

Boston Should Follow Worcester’s Lead, Make Points by Shoving Things in Wood Chippers

Anyone seeking to make a statement here should consider this option.


Local Hidden Gems You’ll Find on the New Atlas Obscura App

Looking for a fun day trip? Here are some lesser-known finds on the new app.

City Life

How to Avoid Crowds in Boston around the Holidays, According to Google

Heed the search engine’s advice this Thanksgiving and beyond.

Arts & Entertainment

Can Ping Pong Be Sexy?

SPIN, a new bar in Fort Point, gives that concept a try.

City Life

How to Get Your Child a COVID Vaccine in Massachusetts

Here’s what you need to know.

City Life

Hey Boston, Shut UUUUUUUP Already!!!!!!!

Noise complaints throughout Boston are on the rise and reaching unprecedented levels. Are we actually a louder place now, or are we just becoming a city of whiners?

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Arts & Entertainment

Where to Find Outdoor Skating Rinks in Boston This Winter

Ready to lace up those skates?

City Life

What a Boston Towing Bill of Rights Could Do for You

Getting towed is, and has always been, a you problem. But what if, at least in some of the most egregious cases, it wasn’t?

City Life

It’s Michelle Wu’s Turn

She’s the first woman and person of color elected mayor of Boston.


Here’s a Pro Tip, Boston: Go to the Beach in the Fall

Beach season is as long as you say it is.