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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

A report here, A Plan there – Soon LA will have…..What?

The City of Los Angeles has adopted a Los Angeles Shared-Mobility Climate and Equity Action Plan. Politicians are slapping each other on the back for all the hard work they have done with the plan. Nothing unusual so far. Log … Continue reading

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Parking Folks, you have a problem!

Houston, we have a problem.  Well, maybe not Houston, but parking industry we have a problem. You have no clue how to promote yourself. Astrid is spending hours looking for content for Parknews.biz. She is finding bupkus. Now we know … Continue reading

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Want a job in Parking? “Working Knowledge of Parking Management Information Systems a Plus”

I was asked by the International Downtown Association to provide a bit of input as to finding and hiring parking managers. Here, in part, is what I wrote: The suggestion is to look for someone with experience in all aspects … Continue reading

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Smart Parking – What’s so “Smart” About it?

An article from ITS International, posted on Parknews, attempts to define smart parking and I think comes up short. To wit: Smart parking should: identify or forecast open parking spaces and relay that information to drivers support multiple payment options … Continue reading

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PIE 2018 is Over – We’re Back to Work

PIE 2018 finished on Thursday last and the PT crew is back in the office, attending to our normal duties. It is impossible to thank all who worked tirelessly last week to make PIE the best show ever. However, my … Continue reading

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PIE 2018 WOW!!!

We still have a day to go, but the returns so far tell me that this has been the best PIE evah, darlink. There is always the fear that people will tell me what I want to hear, but exhibitors … Continue reading

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Does it Smart? Lesson from Intertraffic

I’m always asked “what is new at Intertraffic?” After walking around for three days, the answer is “Everything is “SMART.” It is like half the booths have added the word “Smart” to their titles or descriptions. SMART parking, SMART Sensors, … Continue reading

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Intertraffic: NOKIA, Designa, Old and New Friends

The first day at Intertraffic was filled with meeting old friends and making new ones. First of all, the show is huge. Over 850 exhibits will be seen by 30,000 attendees over the four days. Fantastic. The Intertraffic folks have … Continue reading

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Raising Parking Fees – “What were you thinking?”

Charleston, SC, is raising meter prices to equal garage prices. The local hospitality workers are enraged because this is dipping into their pocketbooks in a big way. Seems they park on street because it costs less. Oh, and the city … Continue reading

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But there aren’t enough attendees at your show

Organizers of trade events take a lot of abuse from exhibitors due to the lack of traffic in their booths. Their concern seems always to be the ratio between exhibitor personnel and attendees, or as they say, potential customers. Fair … Continue reading

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