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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

Uber, Parking, Hotels, and Airports

Last year about this time, I had meetings in Chicago.  I drove to LAX, dropped my car at the Parking Spot, took the shuttle to the airport and flew to O’Hare where I rented a car.  I drove it 10 … Continue reading

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One Billion YouTube Views

No, not my interview by Suzannah Rubinstein (you can view it Here)  but the Piano Guys. We saw them this weekend at Los Angele’s Greek Theater. They are simply fantastic. Its a piano and a cello. That’s it. Most of … Continue reading

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Lyft and Uber — No real threat to Parking

I interviewed Jerry Skillett, CEO of ICON Parking and five other parking companies on the east coast. It was a wide ranging interview and will be in an upcoming issue of PT. One of the most interesting questions was the … Continue reading

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An Interview that actually made it to Youtube

I have been contacted a number of times by groups like CNN to provide an interview about parking. Every time, for whatever reason, the interview never makes it to the light of day. In one case, it was to air … Continue reading

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15 Stories from the Ancient Greeks

I went to see Star Trek over the weekend.  Not the best, not the worst. But the previews were interesting. They are actually bringing out a remake of the Magnificent Seven and Ben Hur. I left the theater shaking my … Continue reading

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One Number in a Book — Shoup’s 30%

Over the past two weeks we have had numerous entries on this blog concerning Don Shoup’s seeming contention that 30% of all traffic in a given area is searching for parking. This number is used to support his theories that … Continue reading

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Are Parking Enforcement Officers at Risk?

I received the following email this morning. Hard on the heels of Dallas and Baton Rouge, the topic seems one that could use some discussion — feel free to comment here. I am posting his words without comment, I don’t … Continue reading

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30% Cruising rate isn’t really accurate…. Don Shoup

It seems that the discussion about the 30% cruising rate is continuing. Here is an email stream between UCLA’s Don Shoup and Steven Polzin, Director, Mobility Policy Research, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida.  Highlighting is mine. … Continue reading

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Cities in UK skipping “Smart City” programs

Research published in ITS International has noted that cities in the UK simply don’t see “Smart City” programs as a priority. They lack budget, leadership and capability. Here is what the article said in part: New research, commissioned by street … Continue reading

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Shoup — Istanbul weighs in

Got this from Turkey: Dear John, I have just seen your blog piece “The SHOUP Controversy – Are 30% of the cars in a given neighborhood looking for parking?” It is possible to “estimate” how many cars are induced to … Continue reading

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