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

I’ve been saying this for years, but nobody listens…

Seattle has gone out for a test so I can replace its existing Pay and Display system.  Fair enough. A local online news source “Crosscut.com” happened to have its offices on the street where the test took place and jumped … Continue reading

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Parking Becomes a part of our Culture

It seems strange to me, but it must be true. NPR did a short piece on what the first questions are when strangers meet. It seems that it depends on where the meeting took place.  In New York City, its … Continue reading

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Marc Pens a Book

I received the following from Marc Slavin, President of DC’s Marcpark. Seems he has written a book. I immediately ordered it and will let you know what I think.   After spending over 40 years in the parking industry, gaining … Continue reading

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Oh Brother — Please read post before you call me

On April 1 — That in itself should give you a hint — I wrote a blog. It was about rumors I heard at various shows I attended in March. YOu can find the post here: http://www.parkingtoday.com/blog/2014/04/rumors-run-wild-at-pie-and-intertraffic/ Most of the … Continue reading

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Editor Takes Extreme Career Risk..Women Take Over PT

Coming in June. An entirely different Parking Today. A famous radio host calls letting his audience set the topics for his show an ‘extreme career risk.’ Well I am doing something similar in PT June. I am having nothing to … Continue reading

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The PIE 2014/2015 Team

I didn’t take the opportunity to thank the members of our team for the Parking Industry Exhibition. They did an outstanding job and deserve all the credit.  I received this picture taken at the Women in Parking Event held just … Continue reading

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How was the show?

I just got back from the Intertraffic event in Amsterdam and our PIE show in Chicago.  Everyone, friends, relatives, business associates, co workers ask the same question: How was the show? I struggle with the answer because few really want … Continue reading

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Rumors Run Wild at PIE and Intertraffic

I spent the last two weeks attending two major trade events, and I’ll tell you, If you want to hear rumors about the Parking Business PIE and Intertraffic were the places to be.  I’ll give you a short summary. Clyde … Continue reading

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Women in Parking

Ruth Beaman and Colleen Niese shepherded their Women in Parking group to its first convention following the PIE show in Chicago last week. More than 140 attended their opening dinner and reception, with over 100 staying on the next day … Continue reading

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PIE and Intertraffic

Don’t pay the ransom, I have escaped – Its been a fast couple of weeks. Last week we were in Chicago with the Parking Industry Exhibition, and this week its Amsterdam and Intertraffic. PIE was, by all accounts, extremely successful … Continue reading

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