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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

Where Can You Get a Rapid COVID Test in Boston Right Now?

Here’s where to find the suddenly highly sought after tests.

City Life

Bring Back the Dunkin’ Donuts Counter Service and Let Us Vibe

Back in the ’80s, you could sidle up to the bar, sip coffee in a ceramic mug, and chill.

City Life

Meet the Square One Mall Goth, the Instagram Sage of the North Shore

An irreverent hot tub repairman from Everett is poking fun at the region’s iconic places and characters—before they’re gone.

City Life

Why Boston Can’t Have Nice Things, Part One Million: Cannabis Cafés

It’s been five years. Where are the weed lounges voters wanted?

City Life

Please, I Am Begging You, No More QR Codes

I can’t take it anymore.

City Life

The Interview: Jim Canales

As head of Boston’s largest charitable foundation, Jim Canales weighs in on the city’s most pressing issues and the art of spreading a little cheer.

Arts & Entertainment

13 Boston Experiences You Can Give as Gifts This Year

Your friends don’t need any more candles, trust us.

City Life

What Is This Part of Boston, Massachusetts Actually Called?

Correctly identifying the collection of buildings around Faneuil Hall is no easy task.

City Life

You Simply Must Say “Starch Me Up” at Thanksgiving This Year

I don’t make the rules. Bill Belichick does.

City Life

Boston Should Follow Worcester’s Lead, Make Points by Shoving Things in Wood Chippers

Anyone seeking to make a statement here should consider this option.


Local Hidden Gems You’ll Find on the New Atlas Obscura App

Looking for a fun day trip? Here are some lesser-known finds on the new app.

City Life

How to Avoid Crowds in Boston around the Holidays, According to Google

Heed the search engine’s advice this Thanksgiving and beyond.

Arts & Entertainment

Can Ping Pong Be Sexy?

SPIN, a new bar in Fort Point, gives that concept a try.

City Life

How to Get Your Child a COVID Vaccine in Massachusetts

Here’s what you need to know.

City Life

Hey Boston, Shut UUUUUUUP Already!!!!!!!

Noise complaints throughout Boston are on the rise and reaching unprecedented levels. Are we actually a louder place now, or are we just becoming a city of whiners?