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

WOW!!! PIE 2015 Poised to Break all Attendance Records

With less than eight weeks to the opening day, the Parking Industry Exhibition 2015 is running well ahead of registration and booth sales compared with the same date last year. Registrations are up 10% and booth sales are 15% ahead … Continue reading

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Politically Incorrect — Bully for Bullies

Don’t get me wrong, bullying is not the most pleasant part of growing up. I”m just not sure what you are supposed to do about it. I received an article today about the topic. Here are the recommendations as to … Continue reading

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Throw out the Baby with the Bathwater

We did a cover story last year on Monkey Parking and its clones like Haystack. The article was written by a parking authority head how basically said that entire concept was bad and frankly, using the city’s assets for private … Continue reading

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Built it and they will come

I was reading a blog post from the UK this morning. The writer was bemoaning the fact that parking on “high streets”  (main streets) is not readily available but at the same moment holds the position that parking is not … Continue reading

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Is Air Travel Really that Bad?

Kevin Williamson over at the National Review has penned an article titled “Unholy Alliances.” You can read it here. Its a cleverly written piece about air travel and the disasters that can strike the unsuspecting. He blames the TSA, unions, … Continue reading

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Parc Group Presses On

The Parc Group was founded 25 years ago as a group of parking equipment distributors who sold Federal APD equipment. With the demise of 3M’s parking division, (formerly Federal APD), one could only wonder what would happen to a group … Continue reading

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Lots of Parking News in 2014 — 2015? No Clue!

Bloggers across the Internet are filling their columns with “Year in Review”. Why?  Well its the Christmas/New Year’s break and virtually  nothing of note is going on.  So you have to fill the blog with something. Even our Parknews editor … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, for Pete’s Sake.

I visited a friend at a major corporation last week. When she walked into the lobby to greet me she said “happy holidays”  I responded “Merry Christmas.”  The receptionist said under her breath, but loud enough for all to hear … Continue reading

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$25 an hour, on street…

I also saw this story  as I was perusing parknews.biz.  Seems the city dads and moms in Brisbane in the land of OZ are giving the first 15 minutes at a parking meter for free. They were told that it … Continue reading

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Should On Street Parkers Pay by the Foot? The Donald Thinks So!

Don Shoup is at it again. We ran an article in Parking Technology Today in October which was scheduled for his “Access” magazine.  We titled it “Can Policy make Parking Meters More Attractive. Today, Astrid has blasted it all over … Continue reading

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