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.

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.

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City Life

Boston Gave Up Hundreds of Parking Spaces to Outdoor Seating. It Should Keep Going

In nearly every neighborhood, cars have been shooed away for lounging and dining. Good riddance.

City Life

The Site of Al Pacino’s Fake Dunkaccino Commercial Is Gone, But We’ll Always Have the Memes

Fans have been making pilgrimages to the Cape Cod location of one of the year’s strangest memes, only to learn the tragic truth.

City Life

The Unlikely Rise, and Uncommonly Wide Appeal, of Boston’s “Be a Man” Guy

The 62-year-old’s breakout stardom on TikTok has made him the city’s latest mega-celebrity, basically overnight.

City Life

Check Out the Most Hilarious, Depraved Vanity License Plates Rejected by Massachusetts This Year

Public records show how far the Commonwealth’s drivers thought they could push the envelope with the RMV.

City Life

Behold the Beauty of the Red-Blue Connector, and Pay for It Already

New images, and cost estimates, for the long-awaited project are a reminder: We need this yesterday.

City Life

The “Real” Secret Boston Is Spending $250,000 to Go to War with the Other One

Legal bills are starting to pile up, but Michelle McCormack is doubling down.

City Life

An Insider’s Guide to Parking near Fenway Park on Game Days

Heading to your first Sox game in a while? Don’t forget to plan ahead on how to get there.

Travel

Where to Hunt for UFOs in Massachusetts

Hoping to catch a glimpse of alien life for yourself? These Massachusetts hot spots are good places to start.

Arts & Entertainment

A Beginner’s Guide to Golfing around Boston

If you’ve joined the thousands of rookie golfers just getting into the sport during COVID, here’s what you need to know.

Arts & Entertainment

Bars, Breweries, Night Clubs, Saunas, Ball Pits: How to Make the Most of Reopening Weekend

A guide to the day all COVID restrictions expire in the city.

City Life

A Boston Dirt Bike YouTuber Speaks Out: “They Think We’re Not Human”

A 19-year-old “scooter boy” explains the allure of the noisy pastime, and why the “bike life” community is probably here to stay.

City Life

Why You Can’t Get an Uber or Lyft in Boston Right Now

And when you might start seeing your ridesharing luck change.

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.