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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

Uber and Lyft — Great idea or end of parking as we know it

There are over 180,000 Uber drivers in the US. Plus a huge number of Lyft, Sidecar, and the rest. These companies aren’t just taking business from taxis, but they are also reducing the number of trips driven by average citizens … Continue reading

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How Does Twitter Work – For the uninitiated

Note: If you think Twitter is for kids and fools, read my post on Twitter and business here. I used to think that, but now I’m a believer. Your twitter account is a list (twitter feed)  of “Tweets” that appear … Continue reading

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Twitter — Another passing Fad or…?

If someone told me two years ago that I would be following Twitter and Facebook, I would have told them they were crazy. This social media stuff is for kids, and it opens us up to criticism and takes an … Continue reading

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Does Technology Make Us Stronger?

The knee jerk reaction to that questions is an unequivocal YES! How can it not? Technology makes garages run smoother, ensures more money is collected, helps with enforcement, lowers labor cost, helps parkers find their spaces, gives us data that … Continue reading

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Its Catching on Like Wildfire

I wonder if we get too much information, about things we can’t control and affect us only peripherally.  I want information about my industry so I can know what’s going on and adjust to upcoming trends and see new ideas. … Continue reading

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Self Driving Cars…The Finnish Approach

The folks in Helsinki are planning to have only self driving cars on the road by 2030. That’s only 15 years away. They are certain it is happening, their only concern is that Google may be running the show. Read … Continue reading

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Parking Technology Today

Its in the mail — and boy does it look hot. The Handsome Youakim boys from Passport on the cover, plus stories about EMV, PCI, Connected Cars, Chipcoins, Mobile Apps in Israel, Omni Channel Marketing, ALPR, UBER, and a lot … Continue reading

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A Rising Tide…

Does a rising tide REALLY raise all boats? When JFK speechwriter Ted Sorenson was looking for something to help sell the then senators economic policies in Massachusetts, he borrowed the concept from a local chamber of commerce. In fact, on … Continue reading

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Astrid has a tremendous link over at Parknews.biz Missing Comma Gets Woman Out Of A Parking Ticket. (“Let’s eat, Grandpa” – “Let’s eat Grandpa”!) Strunk & White “The Elements of Style” a must – 07.08 Seems that the ticket was … Continue reading

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Some observations from the IPI Show

I was fortunate to speak to a number of vendors, observers and attendees at the IPI show last week. What follows is some observations gleaned from those discussions. Traditional vendors are struggling to survive: Poorly managed traditional vendors that didn’t … Continue reading

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