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January 2018

BMW, VW, and the Rest — What Happens if they Decide to Roll Over

The news this morning is that BMW has purchased “Drive Now”, a car sharing company based primarily in Europe. This, added to its recent takeover of Parkmobile, and a number of other like companies, makes the BMW group “the world’s … Continue reading

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Rapid Transit Is Threatened by Two Four Letter Words

Chicago Parking Entrepreneur John Hammerschlag was nice enough to refer an article from Crain’s Chicago Business concerning the drop off in Chicago Transit Authority ridership. See the link to the article in parknews.biz. This follows on to my blog last … Continue reading

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You Gotta be Kidding

Here’s the deal.  An article from USA Today posted on parknews.biz says that autonomous vehicles coming off the assembly line will be light colored. It seems that the sensors on existing vehicles can’t see darker colors quite as well. Oh, … Continue reading

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I Like Trains, but riders – not so much

Men like trains. I think its in our genes. I actually hope the LA Metro train will come by and I’ll have to wait at the level crossing and watch it pass. (OK, maybe some women like trains, too, I … Continue reading

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Movies, Autonomous, Cities, Whisky

The movie business has taken over my neighborhood. They are shooting a commercial five houses away, and those big white boxy trucks are everywhere. The production company asked if they could use our parkway to set up for their food … Continue reading

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Meters Confuse Albuquerque Drivers

One thing the parking industry can always count on is the confusion of the average parker. Another reliable phenomenon is the media’s coverage of any and all parking confusion. In general, it would pay to stay ahead of this lack … Continue reading

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Partnerships, Smart Cities and Higher Ed

I asked my friend Bob Harkins to guest blog on Smart Parking, Smart Cities, and Universities. Read on.    JVH Thursday March 29, 2018, the Parking Industry Exposition (PIE) will be devoted to an in-depth study of “Smart Cities” and the … Continue reading

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Do the Numbers

I had dinner last night with a good friend and I’ll call him a “wag” who loves to talk parking. He was on a roll. He said that too often we in our industry forget to actually look at the … Continue reading

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San Francisco “Cracks Down” on Disabled Placard Misuse

I haven’t made any fun of Baghdad by the Bay for a few months, but I couldn’t let this one pass. The city/county has decided to crack down of disabled placard misuse. A laudable goal. I saw the article on … Continue reading

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Pizza for Parking

I’ll do a lot for a good slice of pizza – and pretty much any pizza is good pizza. I like thin crust and thick crust, New York style, Chicago style, plain cheese, combo, pepperoni, and even the fancy stuff … Continue reading

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