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Author Archives: JVH

About JVH

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his decade with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from UCLA, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields. He writes about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Abu Dhabi, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington DC. He has two sons, JT and Andy. JT and his wife, Francine and daughter, Ashley, live in Puyallup, near Seattle, and Andy and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Shing, live in Los Angeles. JVH and wife Robyn live in West Los Angeles with dog, Suki and cat, Brackets

It Depends on How You Want to Pay for It

Columnist Mark Wilson is writing a series on what the country will look like under our new president. He quotes another naysayer: Urbanist journalist Greg Lindsay imagines a darker scenario in which all public transit is handed over to private … Continue reading

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Musings on 2017 and Parking

In January, wags are supposed to enter a list of predictions as to what is going to happen in the upcoming year.  I thought I might preview my thoughts here on the first Day of December.  Its usually a pretty … Continue reading

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Happy…..

The temptation to write the typical anodyne piece about Thanksgiving and all we have to be thankful is overwhelming. Its easy, quick and readers will smile and feel warm and fuzzy. I thought I would make my life difficult and … Continue reading

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“Smart City” — Not Just Another Buzz Word

I have been browsing through Parknews.biz. I entered the phrase “Smart City” in the search box and I found that Editor Astrid had put up over 40 stories about this term in the past few months. She thought it was … Continue reading

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OMG — We are Doing Something that Affects You, Directly!

We here at Parking Today Media constantly strive to keep up with the times. Innovation is our middle name (actually its “Today” but you get the idea.) This month we have made a substantial change in our annual People in … Continue reading

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Coming in November

November brings Parking Today’s People in Parking Directory. This year it takes on a different flavor, as it directs readers to our on line search engine to find most parking pros listed in our extensive data base. Annually I’m asked … Continue reading

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Summit needs more parking; Uber to the rescue

I was muttering a few months ago about not worrying about UBER, but joining forces. Astrid is back at the helm of Parknews.biz (thank heaven) after a short vacation and posted  this story about Summit , NJ, and its agreement … Continue reading

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PARCS don’t help if you don’t turn them on

After my talk at the SWPTA in Las Vegas, a bright young parking manager came up to me with a story — It seems he ran a garage for a major complex in downtown Las Vegas. He had been on … Continue reading

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The Best Prospect for a Parking Job — Clerk in a Dentist Office

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Southwest Parking and Transportation Association a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas. Their incoming President Julie Dixon said she wanted an ‘interactive’ presentation. So I decided to interview the … Continue reading

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Why do we go to Trade Shows, Anyway?

We just returned from the NPA Annual Convention in Atlanta. My any measure it was a successful event. There were lots of attendees and lots of exhibitors.  There were interesting sessions and beaucoup after parties. Why do we go? If … Continue reading

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