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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

But The Technology is Working…

I came across this story on Parknews. Seems the local shopping mall decided to begin charging for parking and all hell broke loose. I searched Parknews and found that Astrid had posted 23 stories about the project, located in Reston … Continue reading

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Lets Think Outside that Box, Parking Fans

Here’s the deal. According to this article, Santa Monica is going to lose its last manufacturing plant, Pioneer Magnetics,  that has had as many as 600 workers and now has over 100. Why? Due to lack of parking. Seems the … Continue reading

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On the Road Again -The UK’s Parkex/Traffex Exhibition

Parking Today and Parknews.biz will be on the road next week, heading across the pond to the land of warm beer, bangers and mash, and Briexit. We will be holding forth at the Parkex/Traffex event, being held this year at … Continue reading

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PIVOT – Just watch us

“Pivot” has become a buzz words for companies large and small. If you are going to survive, you have to be able to change direction “on a dime.” It seems you must be able to react quickly to market forces, … Continue reading

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Latest Test for the Law Review

This must be my week for pictures. I drove to Beverly Hills for breakfast at Factors Famous Deli — Surely you have heard of it, its “Famous.”  I decided to park in the neighborhood a few blocks away to get … Continue reading

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Budding Parking Designer

As I took the pooch for a walk the other day, I came across some chalk drawings on the sidewalk. There was no one around, but the results and the location told me that the artist was in the 4 … Continue reading

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Twitter, Social Media and PIE

Kathleen Laney and Bob Harkins spoke about Social Media at PIE 2017. However, Astrid and I spent the days leading up to their presentation tweeting everything we could find about PIE. Hundreds of tweets, which begat 100s of retweets reaching … Continue reading

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PIE 2017 – In the Record Books Thanks to YOU!

Nearly 1100 parking pros flocked to Chicago to participate in PIE 2017. It was four days of learning, exhibits, networking, and yes, even a party. And from the reaction I have gotten both in person and from our Twitter feeds, … Continue reading

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Smart Cities, Autonomous Cars and Parking Today

We pull together the editorial for PT a month before the date on the cover. So I am working on April. I get stories from my usual sources ( our columnists, and unsolicited “over the transom” plus the odd request … Continue reading

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5…Counting Down to PIE 2017

4…and four great Keynote presentations — Barter (2), Goulston, and Houlihan 3…Three days of world class seminars — With Technology Featured on Wednesday. 2…Two Unbelievable Networking Events — Speed Networking and our Roaring 20’s Party on Monday. 1…Liftoff with first … Continue reading

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