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Top Blog Posts of 2018

MaaS, Transportation, Technology and Parking – We are the Same Industry

Posted on February 21, 2018 by JVH

There’s an article linked over at parknews.biz from the data giant Cisco. It is titled: Technology, Services Can Sustain Parking Companies. Its told from tech companies’ point of view. Car population will be a quarter of what it is now … Continue reading →

Smart Parking – What’s so “Smart” About it?

Posted on April 5, 2018 by JVH

An article from ITS International, posted on Parknews, attempts to define smart parking and I think comes up short. To wit: Smart parking should: identify or forecast open parking spaces and relay that information to drivers support multiple payment options … Continue reading →

But I thought that…

Posted on May 23, 2018 by JVH

Technology can solve a lot of problems. It can certainly help in ensuring that revenue is properly calculated and collected in parking facilities. Case in point:  The surface lot at my doctors’ office. It is a combination daily and monthly … Continue reading →

Organizational Goals – A Carrot and a Stick

Posted on June 21, 2018 by JVH

I had a nice chat yesterday with David Straus, Executive Director of ACT, the Association for Commuter Transportation. According to its web site its an organization that works with the government to make commuter transportation less focused on single occupancy … Continue reading →

The System is Perfect…Except

Posted on July 30, 2018 by JVH

Last week I stayed at a major hotel in Las Vegas. The rules are that hotel guests pay for parking but get in and out privileges. If you are not a guest, you pay for every exit. Fair enough. So … Continue reading →

Hofstadter and Disruption of Parking…Its going to happen WHEN?

Posted on July 17, 2018 by JVH

While perusing Parknews.biz I came across ‘Hofstadter’s Law.’ It seems self evident, but like the law of unintended consequences it is often ignored. It goes like this:  “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account … Continue reading →

Parking, It’s about Service

Posted on August 24, 2018 by JVH

Back in the day particularly in Manhattan, but in other places as well, parking was all about price and availability. If there was space, you charged what you could get, collected it, and let the driver park their car. Garages … Continue reading →

What do we mean “We are the Arena”

Posted on August 22, 2018 by JVH

We can argue on Teddy Roosevelt’s tenure as President, but he could spin a great tale when he gave a speech. When he spoke to the Sorbonne in 1910, he talked about courage, winning and losing, and actually doing something. … Continue reading →

Its cheaper to own a car than take ride sharing, really

Posted on August 22, 2018 by JVH

According to the AAA, It’s cheaper to own, maintain, park, and insure a car than to take Uber or Lyft. A lot cheaper, like by half. Astrid posted the article over on parknews.biz. Check it out here. Since I don’t … Continue reading →

35% Parking Tax and Forbid Monthly Parking…Where to Begin

Posted on September 25, 2018 by JVH

An opinion piece in the New York Times (you can follow the link at parknews.biz) calls for a citywide 35% tax (up from 18% in Manhattan and 10% in the rest of the city) plus forbidding the sale of monthly … Continue reading →

Is Parking’s Emerging Tech an Early Sunrise or a Bright Sunny Day?

Posted on September 19, 2018 by JVH

When I hear “emerging technology” I think of the sun coming up first thing in the morning. Its dark, then the day gets brighter and brighter. Technology sometimes works that way. We hear about it, then it becomes more apparent, … Continue reading →

A Fly in the Shoup, Continued…

Posted on October 29, 2018 by JVH

And then we have to go in and clean up the mess. We had a lot of discussions at this year’s Temecula Parking Group about cities and the many issues they have dealing with technology and rules and regulations. Parking … Continue reading →

Mobility and the Resistance

Posted on November 19, 2018 by JVH

I was surprised when the woman in charge of “Smart Cities” for Los Angeles told me that she couldn’t get the parking department to return her phone calls. What was that all about? Was the parking department in the nation’s … Continue reading →

Mobility – Can Parking Survive without It

Posted on November 18, 2018 by JVH

The term “Mobility” has suddenly become the buzzword of the day in our industry. One manager tells me that if she talks about “parking” eyes glaze over, but if she mentions “Mobility” the listeners are engaged. A major parking organization … Continue reading →

Suddenly we have a Unicorn – Now What? ParkJockey on the Rise

Posted on December 12, 2018 by JVH

When one refers to a Unicorn today, its not a mythical horse, but a high tech startup that is now worth over a $billion. It seems we have one of these creatures in the parking industry. Continue reading

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