Before there was a fight about Northland and before the battle over Riverside, there was Engine 6. The proposal for the old fire station was as a place where people who were homeless could have a way to rebuild their lives. Its proximity to the Green Line, to the hospital, and to the highway offered a great advantage. But the people of Waban fought it and won. Then-Mayor Setti Warren backed down and the proposal was scrapped, allowing it to become just another condo. 

But that’s not exactly what happened. 

Now it’s an AirBnB, offering the chance for 8 guests to say there for $355 a night. At least, that’s the price I saw. 

Each time we say “no” to something that makes sense, we say “yes” to something else that we may not want.