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

Five Ways Massachusetts Ditched the Nanny State during the Pandemic

And how to keep the good news coming.

City Life

A Brief History of the $100,000 MassDOT Toilet

A look back at this infamous moment in taxpayer rage bait history.

City Life

“Big Deal Outta Nothin'”: Doughboy Donuts Doesn’t Care about Marty Walsh’s Big Shoutout

Thanks, the Southie institution’s owner says, but who cares?

City Life

What’s Wrong with My Plant?

And more to the point, what’s wrong with me?

City Life

At Least for Now, Fenway Is the People’s Park

With the bleachers sitting idle, it became a COVID fundraiser hub, an early voting location, and now, a mass vaccination site.

City Life

Sure Hope This Snowpiercer-Esque Harvard Project Doesn’t End Up like the Movie

Blocking the sun didn’t go so well in the dystopian film and TV franchise.

City Life

Count Them Out: Here’s Who Isn’t Running for Mayor of Boston

It might be a shorter list at this point.

City Life

BPD Is Investigating One of Its Own Amid Reports of Cops Joining the Capitol Riot

Deleted tweets suggest a BPD officer may have taken part.

City Life

When the Rollout Ramps Up, What Do We Do about Vaccine Line-Cutters?

Every second wasted on red tape is a second we’ll never get back.

Home & Property

How Low Can Boston Rents Go?

At 17 percent below average, have we finally hit rock bottom?

City Life

Get to Know Kim Janey, the Next Mayor of Boston

Arts & Entertainment

A Team of Artists Will Turn the Hatch Shell into a “Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience”

The project, called Hatched: Breaking through the silence, will give Boston what it desperately needs: Something safe and fun to do outdoors.

City Life

Boston Is Dreaming of a Windy Christmas to Close out 2020

Charge those phones and batten the hatches as an extremely gusty storm moves in.

City Life

The Very Boston Moments We’ll Remember from 2020

A year of seltzer tosses and sinkholes, turkey intruders and “Boston Strog.” And that other thing.

City Life

Test Your 2020 Memory: When Did This Happen in Boston?

Time has gone haywire during these past 9 months, somehow moving either too fast or too slow. Can you and your quarantine-addled brain remember when all these things happened in Boston?