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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.


Behind the Mask

For the past 27 years, Phantom Gourmet has portrayed itself as the friendly pied piper of comfort food in the suburbs. But what if it was just a disguise?

City Life

Why Everyone Is (Still) So Obsessed with Boston

The view from inside our beloved city, through the eyes of the internet.

City Life

Back-to-Back Earthquakes Are a Reminder: Massachusetts Is on Shaky Ground

Quakes like the 3.6 magnitude one outside New Bedford can, and will, happen again. Maybe soon.

City Life

A Shakeup at the Cape’s Most Exclusive Golf Club Leaves Some Members Worried

Golf tycoon David Southworth and financier Joe Deitch are parting ways, but they insist there’s no trouble in paradise.

City Life

What It’s Like to Be a Pollster when the Results Look Like…This

It’s not easy being the guy with the crystal ball in a presidential election, even when you get it right.

City Life

What the Hell Is about to Happen in Boston This Week?

As Boston and every other city prepares for the worst, no one can say for certain what comes next.

City Life

Please Enjoy This Wildly 1980s News Clip about the Scourge of Video Games in Boston

A news broadcast sheds light on this apparently terrifying era.

City Life

How Boston Could Save Winter by Finally Doing Something Fun with Its Streets

Other cities are turning car-free roads into outdoor destinations this year. Why can’t we?

City Life

The Latest October Surprise: Snow Is on the Way in Boston

Look for some pre-Halloween flakes Thursday into Friday.

City Life

How a “Dunkies”-Toting Early Voter at Fenway Became an Instant Boston Star

The ultimate Boston voter has been located.

City Life

7 News Anchor Alaina Pinto Says She Was Fired for Appearing in Hubie Halloween

She appeared briefly in the Adam Sandler Netflix movie as a fictional reporter.

City Life

Boston Is Among the Nation’s “Rattiest Cities,” and It’s Only Getting Rattier

The rat population boom has landed us near the top of the list in a new report.

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Bad News: Drought, Storms Could Wipe Out This Year’s New England Foliage

Experts warn that remnants from Hurricane Delta are likely to put a serious damper on leaf-peeping season.

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An Appliance Shortage Is Rattling Boston, and Me

The COVID era has made household necessities much harder to come by. Better hope your oven doesn’t break!

City Life

NECCO Wafers Are Back…On the List of Worst Halloween Candies

After everything it’s been through, still no respect for the chalky delights.