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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

Are Cities Using Parking as a Hammer to Get Folks out of Cars?

The City of Santa Monica has decided to demolish a 300 plus space parking structure adjacent to its downtown mall and replace it with a multi-use project including low cost housing. It is being sued by local businesses who say … Continue reading

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We are Binary

I think sometimes about right and wrong, yes and no, up and down, on and off, in and out. We live in a binary world. But does it have to be so? We have moved to a ‘my way or … Continue reading

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

When Aretha Franklin (and before her Otis Redding) sang about respect, they weren’t asking to be loved, or even liked. They were asking their mate to show them respect, ‘at least a little bit,’ when they came home. After all, … Continue reading

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Chicken or the Egg

Which came first?  The question has puzzled folks since time immemorial. The same question could be asked of the current EV push. Which comes first, the car or the charger? The government of New Jersey, for instance, is attempting to … Continue reading

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Would We Storm the Cockpit?

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the worst foreign attack on American soil, ever. Four wide body passenger planes were commandeered by suicidal fanatics and three were flown into iconic American buildings, killing over 3000 men and women. The fourth … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking

You can read books about critical thinking. It seems complex. However I’m not so sure. I believe critical thinking could be related to common sense. The term, in its simplest form, means that when you think, you also don’t accept … Continue reading

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Weighty Legal Matters

It goes like this: A woman received 14 parking tickets for overstaying the two hour limit on the streets of Saginaw, MI. She found a lawyer with nothing better to do and took the city to court, claiming her fourth … Continue reading

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Strangely, Folks Prefer Larger Homes in the Burbs

According to a recent survey, Americans prefer to live in larger houses, with some land around them a few miles from schools, stores and clubs, than in smaller houses within walking distance of such amenities. I’m not sure one would … Continue reading

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Micro Mobility

Wow! The City of Los Angeles has contracted with an electric scooter company (Superpedestrian) to locate 5,000 scooters in the city. They will be focused in areas of the metro that seem to be lacking in micromobity. Fair Enough. In … Continue reading

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Read A Book

Reading can be recreation, like watching TV. Except that when you watch TV, no mental activity is required. You simply sit and it washes over you. When you read a book, your eyes, your brain, and dare I say it, … Continue reading

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