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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.

City Life

The Best and Least Boring Ideas for What to Do with the Hynes Convention Center

You don’t get an opportunity like this every day. Here’s how Boston could seize the moment.

City Life

“If I Could Give This Rock Zero Stars, I Would”

A national treasure or an overrated pebble? On Yelp, it’s all in the eyes of the reviewer.

City Life

My Lunch with the Hunger Striker Who Took on Charlie Baker

Professor Nathan Phillips put his stomach on the line to protest a controversial natural gas link. Now, he tells me about taking on the governor and why refusing to eat for two weeks is not a diet he would recommend.

City Life

Will We Fall for Gondolas Again?

The ultimate shiny object in transit is back!

City Life

Next Election, Massachusetts Should Have the First Primary

No one state should have all this power. But if anyone’s going to claim first-in-the-nation status, it might as well be us. (We pretty much invented America, so it’s only fair.)

City Life

Why Massachusetts Should Legalize Magic Mushrooms

With untapped clinical potential and a cleaned up image, psychedelics are the next frontier in legalization—and we’re better poised than almost anywhere else to make the most of it.

City Life

The Indicted Harvard Professor’s Other Double Life: Pumpkins

Harvard chemist Charlie Lieber allegedly had a secret seven-figure pact with the Chinese government. He also grew honest-to-God massive pumpkins.

City Life

Who’s Winning the Endorsement Popularity Contest?

A Bostonian’s guide to which local power brokers are supporting who in the 2020 Democratic primary—and what that says about the state of politics here right now.

Arts & Entertainment

Confirmed: Rage Against the Machine Is on the 2020 Boston Calling Lineup

What to expect at the festival this year, including some Boston rock royalty and an all-local comedy showcase.

City Life

Ring’s Neighborhood Watch Feature Is Bringing Out the Worst in Boston

A home-security app promises to keep its users “safe and informed.” Instead, it’s turning us all into bad neighbors.


Nine Passengers at Logan Airport Were Screened for Coronavirus, but It’s All Good

They were screened “out of an abundance of caution,” Massport says.

City Life

Who Will Save Us from the TikTok Teens?

Ah great, they’re starting electrical socket fires with their phone chargers for clout now.

City Life

Another Promising Student Has Been Kicked Out by Customs in Boston

Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein, the 24-year-old Iranian Northeastern undergrad detained at Logan Airport, has already been sent back.

City Life

Guess It Wasn’t Illegal When Kirk Minihane Duped Joe Curtatone with a Fake Interview

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit the Somerville mayor filed against the Barstool personality.

City Life

14 Things We’d Do with Those Vintage MBTA Cars if Someone Bought Them for Us

The possibilities are endless.