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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

That All the World should be taxed…

According to St. Luke 2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) … Continue reading

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PIE 2017 Nearly Sold Out

Marcy reports that our Parking Industry Exhibition to be held next March in Chicago has its exhibition floor all but sold out.  Only 9 booths are left and are going fast. She says she will be sold out by Christmas. … Continue reading

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Elon Twigs to Charging Valet

I wondered why I got off on the screed above and then realized it was because I read this article on Parknews.biz. PN Editor Astrid lead the charge a couple of years ago concerning Range Anxiety. Of course the goal … Continue reading

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Range Anxiety Just don’t talk to a Tesla Owner

I was at dinner the other night with a friend who is a “car guy.”  He researches every car made, knows the best value for the buck, and restores classic cars. We began talking about the Tesla, and the potential … Continue reading

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In Four Short Years — From PIE to Success – ParkX Purchased by Passport

We won’t take any credit for the success of Thomas Maguire, Ross Shanken and Austin Weiss, the founders of Park Genius later renamed ParkX. But we were around at the beginning. It was announced today that their company had been … Continue reading

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Economics, Mr. Trump, Carrier, and a Parking Garage

I love it when those not schooled in parking try to use our business as an analogy to some other business.  Justin Wolfers, a professor at the University of Michigan and writing in the New York Times gives it his … Continue reading

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It Depends on How You Want to Pay for It

Columnist Mark Wilson is writing a series on what the country will look like under our new president. He quotes another naysayer: Urbanist journalist Greg Lindsay imagines a darker scenario in which all public transit is handed over to private … Continue reading

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Musings on 2017 and Parking

In January, wags are supposed to enter a list of predictions as to what is going to happen in the upcoming year.  I thought I might preview my thoughts here on the first Day of December.  Its usually a pretty … Continue reading

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Happy…..

The temptation to write the typical anodyne piece about Thanksgiving and all we have to be thankful is overwhelming. Its easy, quick and readers will smile and feel warm and fuzzy. I thought I would make my life difficult and … Continue reading

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“Smart City” — Not Just Another Buzz Word

I have been browsing through Parknews.biz. I entered the phrase “Smart City” in the search box and I found that Editor Astrid had put up over 40 stories about this term in the past few months. She thought it was … Continue reading

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