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

When is a Monkey not a Monkey

Our Cover this month show a “monkey” parking a car. OK, photoshop is wonderful, it’s our fauna challenged art department and editorial staff that can’t tell the difference between a monkey and a chimpanzee. Apologies to Hominidae, or the “Great … Continue reading

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Cooptition — Never Heard of it — You Will!!!

Every so often I come across a term of which I am unfamiliar. Typically I nod sagely and then run to Google to see what’s what. In this case its Cooptition: Cooperative competition. Practice where competitors work with each other … Continue reading

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A Good Article on Sensor and App Technology NOT!!!

When Astrid posted this article from “Cult of Mac” a Bay Area Blog on Parknews.biz I was excited.  Wow, something that worked and worked well.  The Title was catchy: “This app will guide you to parking, and may get you … Continue reading

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On the Green Level…

Sometime PT correspondent Jeff Pinyot wrote a blog for the IPI site which peaked by curiosity. He seems to relatively successfully hold both sides of a controversy. Here’s the blog in toto — and my comments following: If you want … Continue reading

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I’ll Bet they don’t ask me back….

My presentation before the World Parking Symposium last week in Tel Aviv went well.  So well, there were no questions.  I guess I just did a super job.  I also did something that most likely ‘isn’t done’ in these circles…I … Continue reading

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World Parking Symposium Underway in Tel Aviv

The World Parking Symposium, Canada’s semi annual fete to the scholarly side of parking, got under way yesterday at Herod’s Hotel on Tel Aviv’s beautiful 14 km long beach. We were welcomed by the assistant mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo and … Continue reading

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Shocking: Melbourne Announces Plan that will Reduce Parking Income

I heard from a friend in Melbourne, Australia, that the city is installing a system of pay by cell phone. In addition to embracing the program completely the city government is sweetening the deal by telling the citizenry that they … Continue reading

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Phoenix Raises On Street Prices, Goes Variable

Joining a number of other cities including Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, Phoenix has decided to jump on the Shoupista band wagon and institute demand based pricing.  It essentially raises prices during peak hours and when special events (sports, … Continue reading

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Here’s a Neat Solution for Disabled Space Cheats

As i was looking through Park News today an interesting article caught my eye. It was datelined Dubai: A locally-made device will help Dubai Police crack down on illegal parking in the emirate. The new device is fitted with a … Continue reading

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Our New Baby

It appears we have a hit. The buzz at the IPI that our ParkNews.biz site is a hit. We are walking about with business cards with the URL and people are saying “Yes, I saw the ‘new baby’ promo and … Continue reading

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