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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 and Lyft and Airport Parking – Shocking

Suzannah Rubinstein over at Spot Hero’s Parking Exec has done yeomen’s work investigating and comparing the cost of parking at an airport vs. taking Uber or Lyft. You can read about it here. She found that in 80 percent of … Continue reading

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Smart Cities — A Mystery to City Dwellers

Every time we turn around we in the biz are bombarded by the term “Smart City.” I discussed it in an earlier post. Clearly its not a difficult concept to grasp — Using technology, cities will provide their populations with … Continue reading

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Planning and Public Transportation 20/20 Hindsight

I know, I know, I’m an expert in 20/20 hindsight.  But planning isn’t my job.  I would have thought that the planners who designed the light rail systems in cities like Los Angeles that are spread over a gazillion square … Continue reading

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Who You Gonna Call?

PARCS Systems are complex. Depending on the size of your project, they could have as many as 20 or 30 individual high tech pieces (Gates, dispensers, Pay on foot Machines) all of which are computers and all of which we … Continue reading

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But Advertising Doesn’t Pay

Our advertising director Marcy Sparrow penned the piece below to send to our customers. I though it should reach a wider audience. JVH A man wakes up after sleeping under an advertised blanket on an advertised mattress pulls off advertised … Continue reading

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Lunch with The Donald — No Not That One – The Hutongs of Beijing

“Actually I learn more from you than you learn from me” he says as we part after lunch at the UCLA Faculty Center. I smile and nod. He is most gracious. Don Shoup in retirement is the same Don Shoup … Continue reading

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit — What Happened to Neighborhoods in Los Angeles

Gerhart Mayer, an architect, planner, and futurist in Los Angeles, has written a piece on how parking affects the ‘design’ of areas in the city. We have posted it on Park News trending.  You can read his piece here. He … Continue reading

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Trigger Warning == Read at your own risk

The previous blog’s headline has created more discussion than any 10 blogs about on and off street parking. I have been lambasted for my crudeness and congratulated on the wisdom of the blog. What to do. The tendency when these … Continue reading

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Does Size Matter? Intertraffic and Amsterdam

No I’m not talking about THAT.  All men know that size does not matter.  I’m talking about Trade Shows.  I have just returned from Intertraffic in Amsterdam, arguably the largest trade event for Parking and Traffic anywhere. The IPI may … Continue reading

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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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