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Ed Abrahams and Pedro Pachano

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Ed Abrahams is chairman of the Great Barrington Library Board of Trustees, and a member of the Selectboard.

After spending many years working as a writer, photographer, visual artist and university professor, Pedro Pachano attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he received a Masters in Architecture. He has subsequently worked for New York based Acconci Studio, Eisenman Architects, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro and FXFowle Architects (now FX Collaborative). In 2007 he founded
Pachano & Vollert Architects with partner Amparo Vollert with whom he has designed and completed architectural projects in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Bogotá, Colombia. Pachano & Vollert Architecture continues to develop ideas about architecture and urbanism while engaging in innovative energy efficiency and reduction strategies
which encompass century old passive traditions to new cutting edge technologies. Since 2016 Pedro has served on both Great Barrinton’s Design Advisory Committee and Planning Board. Pedro has taught Architecture at Columbia University, The Cooper Union, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Institure of Technology; is a licensed architect in New York, Massachusettes, Florida; and is NCARB Certified.

Articles by Ed Abrahams and Pedro Pachano

It’s Not That Simple: Nobody goes downtown anymore; it’s too crowded

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019 - If the solutions were easy, there wouldn’t be problems. This column is a companion to the WSBS-AM radio show, “It’s Not That Simple.”  (Listen to the podcast here.) We look at issues facing Great Barrington and explore the question, “why don’t they just fix it?”    We discuss the complexities, the competing interests, the less […]

It’s Not That Simple: Coming apart at the seams?

Friday, 27 Sep 2019 - Why are our bridges failing? Whose fault is it and why is nothing done until it’s too late? Not surprisingly, part of the problem is money. It costs $4-5 million to replace a bridge so it isn’t something the town takes lightly.

IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE: Who runs this town?

Friday, 13 Sep 2019 - Every decision that every board makes is made at an open meeting that any citizen may attend. Every meeting of every board includes an opportunity for any citizen to speak.

IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE: Economic Development, Part 2

Friday, 30 Aug 2019 - “Economic development requires taking the long view on progress and having a broad understanding of the elements that contribute. In other words: patience and perspective. Neither of these is simple.” -- Laura Brennan, Senior Planner for Community & Economic Development at Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC)

It’s Not That Simple: Where should solar power installations be sited?

Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - This column is a companion to the WSBS radio call-in show, “It’s Not That Simple.” Every other Friday at 9:05 we will discuss and dissect issues that the citizens of Great Barrington are talking about. Click here to listen to a podcast of last week’s show. *     *     * Have you ever […]

An invitation from Selectboard member: Ideas wanted  

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 - It isn’t fair to sit on the sidelines and say, “Why don’t you cut, why are my taxes so high?” unless you can say what you are willing to do without. Here’s your chance. Come on Tuesday, March 24, and tell us. 

No magic wand for school renovation

Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 - In the actual world we live in with the actual options before us, there is no better option available than the one on the ballot. That is true financially (for which we have facts and numbers) and educationally (for which I am trusting the educators, administrators and community volunteers who worked on the plan for the past eight years).  

Get politics out of politics

Monday, 12 May 2014 - Local politics isn't about politics. It’s not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s not about slogans. It’s about working with others and sharing ideas and getting things done.