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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

Technology

Technology. That’s the topic of the day in the next issue of PT. Is it a good or bad thing? When I can get to London in nine hours, talk to friends in Australia on a moment’s notice, heat my … Continue reading

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Moving Day

Whenever the muse leaves me, or I become frustrated or bored, I rearrange my office. It would give me a different perspective and hopefully get me past whatever block (writer’s, sales,’ management, etc) was lurking in the space around me.. … Continue reading

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Moving Day for Parking Today Media

Tomorrow is Moving Day for PT Media. We have leased new digs around the corner from our current location. Its pretty hectic around here so don’t expect quick responses from us for the next few days.  We have no clue … Continue reading

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Yikes! Half of those buying cars would buy a fully autonomous vehicle

Park News Editor Astrid has a screaming headline that should give the industry pause. A survey shows that 53% of buyers would buy a fully autonomous vehicle. There is one minor problem, of course. There is no such thing today, … Continue reading

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VC Money Arrives in the Parking Industry

Over the past few years venture capital money has begun to flow into the Parking Industry. The funding does one of two things. It either allows a company to survive and grow, or it funds rapid growth through acquisition. We … Continue reading

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But I Love my Car

When an agenda underlies a major effort, sometimes its very deep and one must clean away a lot of clutter to find it. When the goal is to basically do away with privately owned vehicles and replace them with everything … Continue reading

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A Contrarian View: Autonomous Vehicles and Parking

First of all, assuming that every vehicle is autonomous, how many will there be. My guess is that there will have to be a lot of them if they are to respond with the same alacrity as one would experience … Continue reading

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Well, Maybe not Everyone is opposed to Bridgeport Meters

I read Paul’s post below about new meters in Bridgeport with interest, and when written it was correct. It seems everyone in Bridgeport, CT was panning the new parking meters in the city. It seems that some of the merchants … Continue reading

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What’s Under Parking Today Media’s Hat?

The NPA Conference and Expo in Palm Springs – October 2-5 Drop by booth 225  and meet with JVH, Eric, Astrid, and Marcy We will talk parking!!! For more info Click Here The August issue of Parking Today Smart Parking, … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Smart Cities

I was most impressed with one story I heard at the Smart Cities Connect confab in Austin. It brought to mind Walt Disney’s Fantasia and Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. For those of you who remember the cute little … Continue reading

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