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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

The Urban Forest, Part Deux

So we hardened up the kitchen, and closed off the dog door at night – to keep out the raccoon who was foraging in the cat food.  But that also locked in the dog, who we discovered went out at … Continue reading

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In times of crisis – Innovation thrives

I received this note from Spot Parking’s CEO Elizabeth Zealand. If you have any innovation that has emerged during this crisis let me know…JVH Code the curb company Spot Parking knows what it’s like to adapt. As a scale-up operating … Continue reading

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Hiatus

A temporary gap, pause, break, or absence can be called a hiatus. When your favorite TV show is on hiatus, that means there are no new episodes — not forever, just for a little while. … If someone has to … Continue reading

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The Urban Forest

We noticed the other day that the cat was eating a lot more than usual. We feed him on the counter next to the sink so the dog won’t eat the cat food. This morning, as we rounded the corner … Continue reading

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I can only imagine…

We must stay positive in difficult times, but its difficult in the face of a Tsunami of news that even the most ‘glass if half full’ optimist has to look at with askance. The most difficult part of all this, … Continue reading

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Some Small Reason for Optimism

I had an interesting discussion with a neighbor during my ‘Suki Walk” (dog walk) yesterday. She is an RN at a local 480 bed hospital. I asked her how things were going. Her comment was “strange.” It seems that their … Continue reading

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Walker Consultants Offers Guidelines to CV-19 Testing in Garages

Mary Smith over at Walker Consultants has let me know that they have posted a white paper on their web sites with guidelines for garages located at Hospitals and frankly anywhere to use them as drive thru testing centers for … Continue reading

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Dispersion – What will it mean to Parking

So, our betters have been telling us for years that living in cities, in small apartments cheek by jowl, is best. It means we don’t have to destroy the planet with automobiles, we can walk to work and play, and … Continue reading

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A Bit of Blue Sky

Companies that serve the populace are hiring, in the face of the pandemic. Do they know something we don’t? We have had a number of ‘help wanted’ ads come in and they are posted on line. Some companies in our … Continue reading

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I know I sound like a broken record, but I can’t help myself.

Those of you who read this regularly know that I don’t watch television news. Haven’t for over 30 years. All of it, on all channels, “news” has become entertainment and shows no relation to actual reporting. Back in the day, … Continue reading

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