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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

Read Parknews.biz and Win BIG!!!

I’m told that there is a new contest running on parknews.biz  All you have to do is find your name listed in Parknews.biz, drop a note to Editor Astrid, and you win.  I hear its $50. You name also goes … Continue reading

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And So it Begins

I have been musing for some time on the topic of parking industry ‘outsiders’ buying up parking suppliers. What is going to happen when well knows firms are purchased by the giants of the economy (Google, Microsoft, Ford, IBM, Xerox)? … Continue reading

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Street Repair as an Allegory for Life

As you know, My neighborhood has been going through the rebuilding of our streets. This has been going on for a year. We were told that we had to replace our curbs before the streets could be done. That project … Continue reading

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Women in Parking — It is Sexist?

I am working with Colleen Niese on the WIP issue of Parking Today. Melissa Sterzick wrote an article for the edition which pointed out that one of the problems women have is that they are trying so hard to be … Continue reading

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The IPI Convention — Where everyone who is anyone in Parking Goes to Meet

Yes, this week is parking week in the US, and ground zero is Nashville. the IPI has planned an exciting event for members and non member alike. If history is any gauge, this one should be a humdinger.  If you … Continue reading

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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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