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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

In with a BANG! Out with a Whimper

The Big Bang Theory is no more. The last episode aired this past week. Everything appeared to be resolved in the lives of the seven characters who interacted in the past dozen years. Those of us who spent 12 years … Continue reading

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But….That’s not True!

I’m in the parking business. People around me are complaining that the future is bleak. What with Uber/lyft, electric scooters and bikes, the entire ‘mobility’ thing, autonomous vehicles, and connected cars, my business is threatened from all sides. What to … Continue reading

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Call for Speakers = PIE 2020

The theme for PIE 2020 is The Parking Experience. How do we as an industry make the parking experience the best for our customers, the parkers? We are looking for out of the box ideas to reduce the stress and … Continue reading

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On the Road — Israel

I’m attending the Israeli Conference on Parking Traffic and Transportation being held next Wednesday in Jerusalem. Organizer Pini Cabessa has been kind enough to invite me to attend and report on the event. Israel is a hotbed of parking and … Continue reading

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Data is King! Technology Rules! Smart Parking is the Future!

These and like buzzwords are pervasive in our industry. Whether its at trade event seminars, on web sites, in blogs posts or articles in Parking Today, authors and speakers tout the ‘future’ and tech as the saviors of all things … Continue reading

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Danger, Will Robinson, Danger

When Robot B9 spoke those words to Will in the ancient series Lost in Space he was warning his charge that trouble was ahead. Today those words have become a part of the urban lexicon to cover most anything that … Continue reading

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Marcy Sparrow Heads Parking Industry Expo

Parking Today Sales Director Marcy Sparrow has found another task on her plate. PT Publisher John Van Horn has named her to head the Parking Industry Expo to be held in March, 2020 in San Diego. “When you have a … Continue reading

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Federal Court Outlaws Chalking – But Whose Fault is it?

A federal court in the Midwest has ruled that chalking is no longer legal in five midwestern states. Read about it on parknews.biz. What the heck is that all about? It seems that a lawyer in Michigan took a parking … Continue reading

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What Happened to Taxis

Taxis have existed since the 1700s. They are ubiquitous in major cities around the world. Suddenly, they are being challenged by Uber and Lyft. Seemingly overnight taxis are being replaced by an app on your smart phone. But is the … Continue reading

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We’ve Not Been Truly Challenged…

Bricks and Mortar retailers are under attack. On line shopping has challenged the Mom and Pop grocery on the corner all the way up to the big boys, Sears, J C Penney, and Macy’s. They have been caught with their … Continue reading

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