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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

Just how much technology do you need?

I had a conversation with a parking technology expert the other day and she reminded me how Smart Cities will begin to change the face of parking as devices (sensors, meters, etc) begin to provide information about available space.  She … Continue reading

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Smart Cities — A Good Idea or Boondoggle

Smart Cities…what are they?  What will they be?  Who is driving this philosophy? Is “Smart Cities” a term in search of a definition? From what I can glean from the “Internet of Things”, a “Smart City” is one that uses … Continue reading

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PT Makes Top 10 List of Parking Influencers

I am humbled and amazed. ParkPlus Systems, the result of the City of Calgary’s step into on street parking enforcement, has developed a list of the top people to follow on parking in social media and a list of the … Continue reading

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Three posts from Parking Today on the Demise of the Parking Meter

Scroll down to see my blog, then comments from readers, then Paul chimes in. JVH

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People Agree with Me…

I received a number of comments on my post yesterday about Pay by Cell. I thought I would bring them out of the ‘comments’ section and into the light of day.  JVH Manny: Here in the UK phone parking started … Continue reading

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Will parking meters soon go the way of the pay phone?

Parknews.biz led off this morning with that headline. We all know where pay phones went. But parking meters? Not so much Consider the pay phone. It was what you used when you weren’t at home or at the office. There … Continue reading

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Self Driving Cars — Not So Fast

The Parking Industry has been a tad panicked over driverless cars.  OMG –  Once they take over, there will be no need for onstreet parking, certainly much fewer off street spaces (With Lyft and Uber leading the way.) and who … Continue reading

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A Super Super Bowl 50 (Not L but 50)

I am not a sports buff.  I watch one game a year and you know which one that is.  I love the opening ceremonies, the half time show (hoping for a wardrobe malfunction) and the commercials.  Oh the game is … Continue reading

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Parking Bill of Rights, Part Deux

A few years ago the City of Atlanta began a program to ‘fix’ its broken parking system. As part of this, they had a citizens commission work with parking managers in the city to go over every rule, regulation, and … Continue reading

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A Parking Bill of Rights

A California Assemblyman Gatto has proposed a “Parking Bill of Rights.” A news release from his office listed these “rights”: Maintaining the law that tickets cannot be issued at broken meters. This law will expire at the end of 2016, … Continue reading

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