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

How Many Trade Shows is Enough — 3, 5, 10, 20?

During or after each national parking show, there is a traditional event.  A few of the exhibitors get together and grouse and complain about the fact that there are too many shows. When there were only two, NPA and IPI … Continue reading

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I’m surprised that they get you there at all

Kevin Williamson, National Review’s roving reporter takes off on the airlines in his recent piece Unholy Alliances.  You can read it yourself. Suffice it to say, he isn’t a fan of our air transportation system. On the other hand, I … Continue reading

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Parking Industry Exhibition 2015 – A Record Breaking Event

PIE 2015 is history. The first major parking event of the year broke all records for attendance and exhibit space. Over 1120 parking pros attended the four day event and over 100 exhibitors plied their wares in the exhibit hall.  … Continue reading

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Lowell Harwood, RIP

I received word that Lowell Harwood, a legend in the parking industry, passed away yesterday. I didn’t know Lowell, but knew his family and respected their work, not only in parking but also in development and charitable causes. Here is … Continue reading

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Should Cities, Universities, or Hospitals use Public Funds to Join the IPI or NPA?

I haven’t the slightest idea. However this seems to have become a substantial controversy in the UK.  They published a story about it in the local parking mag and when I was in the UK last week I talked about … Continue reading

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British Parking Awards

I was honored to be invited to the British Parking Awards. They are given annually by an independent group, headed by Parking Review Magazine. (Not affiliated with the British Parking Association.) The event was held at the Lancaster Gate Hotel … Continue reading

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PIE Surpasses Last Year in Exhibition Size – Its Hall is Almost Full

Marcy tells me that the Parking Industry Exhibition is virtually sold out.  There are only a few spaces and a couple of table tops left. And with only 27 days left until the show begins, they will be sold shortly. … Continue reading

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Is JVH Prescient? Sadly No – Leonard Nimoy and Spock

A few days ago I published a blog quoting Star Trek’s Spock and relating it to Anagog’s app enabling drivers to find on street spaces. I’m speaking to the founder of Anagog early next week and will have my comeuppance. … Continue reading

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Do we REALLY need on street parking?

OK, OK, I know — of course we need on street parking, particularly in place where there is no alternative. However, there are many places where parking is readily available, so… Take my neighborhood. Every house has a driveway and … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Homework, and 100 Other Excuses

The city of Harrisburg has a problem, people don’t like the parking program there.  Now there’s a unique statement. I’m sure this is the only spot where people don’t like parking programs. But reading the article Astrid picked up on … Continue reading

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