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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

Will parking meters soon go the way of the pay phone?

Parknews.biz led off this morning with that headline. We all know where pay phones went. But parking meters? Not so much Consider the pay phone. It was what you used when you weren’t at home or at the office. There … Continue reading

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Self Driving Cars — Not So Fast

The Parking Industry has been a tad panicked over driverless cars.  OMG –  Once they take over, there will be no need for onstreet parking, certainly much fewer off street spaces (With Lyft and Uber leading the way.) and who … Continue reading

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A Super Super Bowl 50 (Not L but 50)

I am not a sports buff.  I watch one game a year and you know which one that is.  I love the opening ceremonies, the half time show (hoping for a wardrobe malfunction) and the commercials.  Oh the game is … Continue reading

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Parking Bill of Rights, Part Deux

A few years ago the City of Atlanta began a program to ‘fix’ its broken parking system. As part of this, they had a citizens commission work with parking managers in the city to go over every rule, regulation, and … Continue reading

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A Parking Bill of Rights

A California Assemblyman Gatto has proposed a “Parking Bill of Rights.” A news release from his office listed these “rights”: Maintaining the law that tickets cannot be issued at broken meters. This law will expire at the end of 2016, … Continue reading

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PIE Registration Ahead of Last Year’s Record

The Registrations for PIE 2016 in Las Vegas is running ahead of the record 1086 attendees for four weeks ahead of opening day. Eric tells me its time to cut down on my consumption of adult beverages and relax, that … Continue reading

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Tradition vs. Good Business Sense

Its official. The are beginning to charge for parking at the hotels in Las Vegas. Another tradition bites the dust. It was so great — you drove up in front of the hotel, tossed your keys to the valet, and … Continue reading

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Missoula’s, MT new parking meters pose difficulties for handicapped patrons…NOT!!!

When I read the headline that we picked up from the local paper on parknews.biz, I scratched my head. I didn’t think that new meters would cause problems. I was right. Its almost like the people that write the headlines … Continue reading

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Odd and Even — Will it work in Delhi

Here’s the deal.  Delhi is one of the most congested and polluted cities on the planet. In order to take some drastic action, its government decided to do a 15 day trial of allowing only drivers with odd ending license … Continue reading

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Parking Causes Driving

A paper presented at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington DC this week concludes that as parking availability either at the destination or the origin of a trip increases, so does driving. You can read about it here. … Continue reading

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