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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.

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City Life

When the Temperature Drops, Boston Needs to Stay Outside

As the weather changes, we shouldn’t change our instincts to gather outdoors.

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It’s Never Been More Clear: Fare Hikes Won’t Save the MBTA

The MBTA says an increase is on the table as it seeks to solve its pandemic-era budget woes. It shouldn’t be.

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A Bostonian Abroad in the ’Burbs

I never considered leaving Boston. Ever. Then the pandemic hit.

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Great Scott May Live on in a New Spot: The Old Regina Pizzeria in Allston

If everything pans out, this could be the best news I’ve heard in months.

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BU’s COVID-Era Message to Students This Year: “F*ck It Won’t Cut It”

A new and surprisingly vulgar campaign aims to reach students in their own language.

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I Hate Cars, but Thanks to COVID I’m Buying One

They make Boston worse, but what am I supposed to do?

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UPDATED: How Isaias Will Impact Boston as the Storm Heads to Massachusetts

It’s headed up the coast toward the city now.

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In the Endorsement Battle with Joe Kennedy, Ed Markey Is Winning

A guide to who’s backing whom in the closely watched U.S. Senate primary.

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Donald Trump’s Latest White House Interviewee: Barstool’s Dave Portnoy

The president invited the Boston-bred media mogul to a chat in D.C.

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Crowdfunding Can Save Boston’s Beloved Businesses—Until It Can’t

What the failure of Great Scott’s investment campaign says about the future of Boston dives.

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Would You Take Weekly COVID Tests to Go to College?

That’s what the students at some of Boston’s top schools may need to do come fall.

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What the Massachusetts Police Reform Bill Would Do

It passed after an all-nighter in the Senate, and aims to significantly shake up law enforcement in the state.

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In Light of the Pandemic, the City Hall Plaza Renovation Looks Smarter Than Ever

Work began this weekend on a major project to make it more inviting, at a time when it’s never been more clear how important public space is.

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Why Is Baker Worrying about Those (Clearly Fake) “COVID-19 Parties”?

A wild rumor from Tuscaloosa made it all the way to the Bay State.

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Someone Beheaded the Christopher Columbus Statue in Boston…Again

It was only a matter of time before the controversial North End statue got swept up in the moment.