Setti Warren, the mayor of Newton, is a diehard defender of deliberative public process, the need to work things through carefully. That’s usually a good thing, but not when it’s used to kill something as important as housing for the homeless, a cause he claims to support.
The target of his ire is a pending development known in town as Engine 6. It calls for renovating a dormant fire station into nine studio apartments for middle-aged people who have been homeless. The project is being developed by the MetroWest Collaborative Development and the Pine Street Inn.