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Articles by Larry Horowitz

Economic Stress Index

By Larry HorowitzOn May 21, 2009

The Associated Press (AP) has created an interesting interactive chart measuring the economic stress by County. According to the AP, Whatcom County has a Stress Index of 9.86 for March 2009, with [...]

Consuming earth’s assets

By Larry HorowitzOn May 20, 2009

“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.” So says renowned entrepreneur and visionary Paul Hawken at his May 3rd [...]

Divesting Fairhaven Highlands: An open letter to Tim Stewart, Bellingham Director of Planning

By Larry HorowitzOn Apr 10, 2009

Dear Director Stewart: As I write this letter, I am reminded of a comment by a former planning department staffer who claimed he knew he had done his job well [...]

Opinion for hire: Part 2 - Admission of errors

By Larry HorowitzOn Apr 04, 2009

On February 20th, I wrote a column about the Chuckanut Ridge / Fairhaven Highlands mature forested wetlands and the failure of Horizon Bank’s wetland consultant to properly rate these wetlands [...]

Opinion for hire: Part 1

By Larry HorowitzOn Feb 20, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Jungle, Upton Sinclair observed, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”If Mr. Sinclair [...]

Infill, Sinfill & Sprawl

By Larry HorowitzOn Feb 12, 2009

Have you ever wondered how truly livable cities become undesirable hell holes? Do the people who run these highly attractive areas into the ground merely fail to comprehend the distinction [...]

Population Projections: Futurewise speaks

By Larry HorowitzOn Feb 09, 2009

If you are new to Whatcom County (or have been hiding under a rock for the last several years), you may not be familiar with the gut-wrenching process required by [...]

Top ten list for the next buyer of Chuckanut Ridge / Fairhaven Highlands

By Larry HorowitzOn Feb 07, 2009

If you happen to find yourself in the market for an 82-acre hilly swamp wholly encumbered by critical areas like steep slopes and mature-forested Category 1 wetlands in southwest Bellingham, here [...]

Much ado about nothing … or… Why the Fairhaven Highlands EIS is meaningless

By Larry HorowitzOn Feb 04, 2009

Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not claiming that the Fairhaven Highlands environmental impact statement (EIS) does not have the potential to be meaningful. However, in its present [...]

How Horizon Bank chose greed over the safety of its community

By Larry HorowitzOn Feb 03, 2009

I really pity Horizon Bank’s CEO Rich Jacobson. His predecessor, Laury Evans, sure left him a bad hand to play. Not only is Mr. Jacobson faced with the same [...]

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