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

Now, About Thanksgiving…

It would be easy to put on my curmudgeon hat and grump around about Football, Turkey, and green bean casserole. But I rather like this day. First of all, its on Thursday, not Monday. The government in its infinite wisdom … Continue reading

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Republic’s Jim Berry Dies at 83

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Jim Berry, head of Republic Parking System and the owner of some major downtown buildings, died this morning. Berry’s company became a leading parking management firm after having begun as an operator of parking areas … Continue reading

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Marilyn Etheridge Joins PIE

The Parking Industry Exhibition is pleased to announce that Marilyn Etheridge has joined the organization as its team leader in charge of attendee outreach. Her focus will be telling the PIE story to potential attendees and communicating with them to … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Little Details

Correspondent Mark pointed this story in my direction. Seems researchers at Carnegie Mellon are discovering that all electric vehicles, being mandated by governments far and wide, may have an infrastructure problem that can’t be solved by placing charging stations in … Continue reading

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Apples and Apples?

Chad Reed of 3M and I were discussing how one company can make a different in an industry. He noted that Apple had completely changed the music industry with iTunes and iPods and the way they distribute music. Could one … Continue reading

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This Week

I have had a great week in Parking. I spend Monday dinner with Marilyn Etheridge in Tampa. She has joined the PIE crew to help bring attendees to the event. More about that later. On Tuesday I met with Mike … Continue reading

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Where were you when…

There’s something about huge tragedies that lodge forever in our memories. The Hindenburg disaster (no I wasn’t around for that). Pearl Harbor, (not that either), JFK’s assassination, the Challenger disaster, when Lady Diana was killed, and yes 911. All of … Continue reading

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Parking Reservations: Peace of Mind…

I had a most interesting discussion with Mike Harley, COO of SMC Software.  Amongst other things, we discussed parking reservations and I gave my usual response that the whole concept was a solution in search of a problem. Mike gave … Continue reading

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Parking Minimums in DC and Elsewhere — What is the motive?

In his testimony before the Washington DC Zoning board, Matt Malinowski ended with the following: Rather than perpetuating the current set of arbitrary requirements based on unknowable ratios of drivers to occupants, please focus on what we do know: land … Continue reading

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Cincinnati to Void PPP

Elections have consequences. Seems the city of Cincinnati,OH, had cut a deal with its port authority, Xerox, and others to privatize the parking in the city. The 50 year deal would garner the city $85 million up front plus $3 … Continue reading

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