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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Welcome to the Tall Ship at Pier One, the Giant Front Porch of the New East Boston

A floating restaurant, and a pop-up adult playground overflowing with rosé have sprung to life on the margins of a rapidly changing neighborhood.

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Mark Ruffalo Filmed a Message of Support for Boston Globe Union Members

The Spotlight and Avengers star says he “stands with the brave journalists of the Boston Globe.”

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Living in Boston’s Summer of Euphoria—with a Dash of Dread

Putting the grimmest era of the pandemic behind us feels good. But what are we to make of Delta and breakthrough cases lurking in the shadows?


Reports of BoltBus’ Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The discount bus line, synonymous with cheap trips from Boston to NYC, says it’s not going anywhere.

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Want to Get People Back on the MBTA? Make It More Fun

From water taxis and e-scooters to freebies and buskers, a mostly serious guide to keeping drivers off the streets, and luring them back on the T.

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Big Shoutout to the Gamer Playing Call of Duty on the Red Line on the Fourth of July

Riders spotted him with a full TV and console set up on a bench at the Harvard stop.

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So How about That Lightning Storm in Boston, Huh?

Can we just get a round of applause for Mother Nature real quick?

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The Worst of Boston’s Uber and Lyft Shortage Has Passed…But Get Ready for Pricey Rides

All signs point to a move toward normalcy in the weeks after Massachusetts’ state of emergency ended.

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Airbnb Says Its Anti-Partying Rules Blocked 3,500 Rentals around Boston This Year

The app is embracing its role as the region’s party-pooper in chief.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.