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

Pay by Cell Replaces Gates, Permits on Campus.

I was in a meeting yesterday and one of those present said “I heard a rumor up in Canada that pay by cell would take over how parking is done on college campuses.” I nodded sagely. I had heard the … Continue reading

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When Defunct is not Defunct

Yikes — Paul Barter (Reinventing Parking) tweeted that my comment that SF Park was defunct was incorrect. SF Park is up and running, thank you very much. Well  yes and no. The purpose of SF Park was to develop a … Continue reading

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SF to Install Sensors, Then Decide What they are to Do!

I can always rely on San Francisco for blog fodder.  Today they proudly announced that they were going to install sensors throughout the city to begin to move to a “smart city” program. So far so good.  You can read … Continue reading

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Uber and Lyft will Destroy Parking — Not!

If we handle it right. The Uber/Airbnb concept, a web company that can put together people who have a service with people who need a service, is here to stay. There is nothing we can do about it. Or is … Continue reading

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Ethics Problems in our Industry? I’m Shocked

I don’t know why I am surprised. Ethics and our industry became a hot topic at the Temecula Group and I was shocked SHOCKED that these shenanigans were going on industry wide. We are an industry that was originally built … Continue reading

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Where Were You when 3M Closed?

It’s been an amazing year for our industry, and PT December brings you all the news in review. 3M Closes Parking Division – A Major Operator was Hacked – This was the Year of EMV and PCI 3 – Mobile … Continue reading

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Do You Have Ads on the ‘net?

I have been looking at my favorite web sites, parkingtoday.com and parknews.biz and have come away embarrassed. I noticed that our ads on these sites break every rule of advertising and promotion. Yikes. First of all, they need to be … Continue reading

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Maybe we should get out more

I spent this morning with a major developer in Dallas. He supervised building projects across the south, but focused on Georgia and Texas. We were standing in a million square foot project he had just taken over and was ‘upgrading.’  … Continue reading

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The Martian

Ridley Scott has another triumph.  The Martian is a techno thriller on a grand scale. The 79 year old director/producer who brought everything from Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma and Louise to American Gangster, Black Hawk Down and GI Jane, … Continue reading

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There must be more to this story

Jeff Wolfe ‘adjusted’ PT’s October Cover. Jeff Pinyot sent the new cover to me without out much comment. Somewhere this is a story about Jeff W, Jeff P, and Bacon. JVH

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