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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

Disruption, Thought Leaders, In the end, its Personal

I have thought that a “thought leader” was an expert in some field and when they spoke, pearls of wisdom issued forth. Recently my cynicism has resurfaced and I have become a skeptic. Particularly after reading “How to become a … Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles – What am I Missing Here?

I read on Park News that “Experts” are telling us that autonomous vehicles, when they arrive on the scene, will constantly be in motion, moving and picking up and dropping off, maybe except for the night shift. What am I … Continue reading

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Surveys – Are they worth the Money?

From time to time I am approached by companies and asked to spend an hour or so on the phone answering questions about our industry. I’m happy to do so as I learn a considerable amount from the questions that … Continue reading

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Disruption, Parking Style

My lunch on Friday with Don Shoup and Mike Manville at UCLA was entertaining and thought provoking. I told them about my discussion with Frost and Sullivan, the research company that sells reports to all sectors of industry. They were … Continue reading

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Parking and the City

“Many people think parking is like sex, if you have to pay for it it’s just not right.” This quote from Donald Shoup’s new book, Parking and the City, didn’t come from the hit HBO series of a similar name, … Continue reading

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May the Fourth be With You

OK, its an old joke, but if we think about what ObiWan and Co believed about the Force and just what Independence Day means to each of us here in the US we might see some similarities. With all the … Continue reading

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Musings leading up to July 4

World Cup I’m not following it but catch a bit every morning at the café when I have breakfast. Today the place was jammed by Mexico fans as the Brazilians took out the folks from south of the border 2 … Continue reading

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Does the Author have a dog in the fight? Driverless Vehicles VS Congestion, Parking, and Left Turns

This week the Wall Street Journal published a special eight page report on the “Future of Cities.” The lead article was about driverless cars the wonders they will bring to cities. The graphic showed central operating systems for all vehicles … Continue reading

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The Man in the Arena

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt spoke on “Citizenship in a Republic” to the Sorbonne, in Paris. This is an excerpt from that speech: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, … Continue reading

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Next Week – Its the Fourth

Independence Day falls on Wednesday next week. It’s a day when all the dogs go crazy, the citizens of our fair land celebrate with parades, music, fireworks, and food meant to be burnt and eaten outside washed down with adult … Continue reading

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