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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

JVH Writes, Shoup Responds

I love it when Don Shoup responds to one of my blogs, and he did so yesterday. I felt his response was important enough to bring it out from the “comments” section and into the light of day. It refers … Continue reading

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Marcy Sparrow Named PT Director of Sales and Operations

Parking Today Media announced today that Marcy Sparrow has been promoted to the position of National Director of Sales and Operations. She has been with PT Media for 14 years, focusing primarily on advertising and Parking Industry Expo booth sales … Continue reading

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What if they are Wrong?

We are barraged almost daily from those in ivory towers, mostly from universities and civic planners, telling us just how we should live our lives. Whether urban planning departments are designing cities so we live cheek by jowl in high … Continue reading

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The Joy and Glory of the Climb

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from … Continue reading

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The Masque – Part Deux             

Astrid reports over at Parknews.biz that the Dutch have determined that wearing a mask is of no particular value and are not recommending it except in some extreme situations. Read all about it here. Being a contrarian I am not … Continue reading

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Perfect for Us, But Not for Them

I have been perusing a piece on Streetsblog over on Parknews.biz about the need to ‘fix’ New York City’s transportation problems now while the pandemic has basically destroyed it. It seems the city is being inundated with cars since no … Continue reading

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This Looks Good

I was out taking a cover shot for my favorite magazine and parked in the garage below in Pasadena. I was stunned as I hadn’t seen a garage this full, well in it seems like ever. This is good news. … Continue reading

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We are Veterans

From Correspondent Joe: We left home as teenagers or in our early twenties for an unknown adventure. We loved our country enough to defend it and protect it with our own lives. We said goodbye to friends and family and … Continue reading

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Further to: Race

I received the following via email from a parking planner in Virginia: A thought in response to your musings on parking and race – I don’t believe that parking ordinances or policies such as RPP are racist, but I do … Continue reading

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Is Parking Racist? Part 2

I wrote last month that I was going to host a discussion on racism in parking. I had read a number of articles about the topic and felt maybe it was one that could be of value to our industry. … Continue reading

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