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

What You Need to Know about the Idea of a “Vaccine Pass”

Here’s where things stand in Massachusetts and on a federal level.

City Life

I Can’t Stop Thinking about the BU Dorm Bat Fiasco

Three students, fending for themselves with a bat in a dorm room, simply bludgeoned it to death.

City Life

Here’s Looking at You, Extra-Long Massachusetts of 1783

The debate over D.C. statehood has revived the forgotten supersized version of the Commonwealth of yore.

City Life

What You Need to Know If You’re Commuting to Work Again

Whether you’re traveling by car or T, here’s what to expect and how to prepare if the farthest you’ve commuted recently is from your bed to your couch.

Arts & Entertainment

Things to Do in Boston Now That You’re Vaccinated and Ready to Party

Finally ready to hit the town worry-free? We’ve got you covered.

City Life

Luke O’Neil Found Fresh Hell in the Suburbs. But What Exactly Did He Leave Behind?

In his second book, Lockdown in Hell World, he reflects on leaving Boston mid-pandemic, and watching it slip away.

City Life

“Hostile Architecture” Is Everywhere in Boston, if You Know Where to Look

Amid a public outcry over armrests on benches at MBTA stops, critics point to all the anti-homeless design hiding in plain sight.

City Life

There’s Another “Secret Boston” in Town, and the Original Isn’t Happy about It

You might have spotted it promoting one of the dueling immersive van Gogh exhibits.

Arts & Entertainment

Coolidge Corner Theatre Named One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cinemas

The Brookline landmark got high marks from Time Out.

City Life

Is This “Open-Concept Bathroom” in JP a Dream or a Nightmare?

This bewildering home design trend has reached Boston.

City Life

Can Any of Boston’s “Oldest Continuously Operating” Landmarks Keep the Title?

The pandemic put their legacies to the test. But what’s in a name anyway?

City Life

Secret Tips to Book Your Vaccine Appointment Online

How your neighbors are getting spots in line, and how you can do the same.

City Life

We Are Now at the Mercy of the Four-Armed Octopus of Doom

Trying to secure a dose of the life-saving drug that will protect you from the virus? You do not want to see this guy.

City Life

Your Primer for all the Boston Figures Connected to the GameStop Saga

One of the biggest, and strangest, stories of the year is playing out right in our backyard.

City Life

What You Need to Know about Boston’s Vaccine Sites

Confused? Here’s how it works.