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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

Their Wounds May Not be Visible — Veterans Day 2019

Veteran’s day is a time to remember and say thank you. Current and former members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have given in some cases literally everything to protect our country and our freedoms. These … Continue reading

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The Parking Industry – A Paradigm Shift

A friend who attended the NPA event in Florida last week noted that the focus seemed to be on technology as it fits ‘frictionless’ parking and the ‘parking experience.’ A quarter of a century ago the focus was on revenue … Continue reading

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Can you Handle the Truth?

The Big Trade Show Season (in parking) is over and its time to look forward to 2020. The Premiere (read that first) event of national prominence is the Parking Industry Exhibition held this coming March in San Diego. We have … Continue reading

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To Tech or not to Tech

I have been in a quandry these past few weeks. My car has turned 15 and has 170K on the clock. Traditionally its well past its shelf life and its time to look for a replacement. I have been extremely … Continue reading

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And so it Begins….

I have been musing on the issue of charging stations and how parking space owners are controlling their use. Salt Lake City is reaching out to discover how other municipalities are monitoring the use of on street (and off street) … Continue reading

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No, I’m not at the NPA Show      

I made the decision last weekend not to attend the NPA event this week in Orlando. I’ll miss seeing old friends and making new ones, but I think its best for all concerned. I have a world class cold and … Continue reading

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The Buried Lede

We have finalized the November issue of Parking Today. It’s the Veterans in Parking issue. Todd Tucker has edited the articles and all but four are written by veterans who work in the parking industry. I am impressed with the … Continue reading

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The Chicago Way

Chicago is considering slapping a “congestion charge” on Uber and Lyft. You can read all about it over at Parknews.biz. Cities in Europe, London particularly, have used the congestion charge to help reduce traffic in certain congested areas of the … Continue reading

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My favorite Law is Raising its Head Again…

I live in the belly of the beast. LAX is a traffic disaster and although the airport is working to alleviate the problem, it will be a few years before  change will be felt. I’m sure that by the mid … Continue reading

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Driverless Technology – It’s going to happen – Someday

As autonomous vehicles take to the streets in test after test, the limitations of the current technology comes to the fore. In about 225 locations across the country, shuttles carrying folks from metro stops to parking areas and vice versa … Continue reading

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