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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

Gilberto, Michael, Alicia and JVH

I appreciate that Tony Jordan’s Parking Reform Network has honored me by linking my comments on the city of Hartford’s Parking Tax. I posited that raising the tax per garage/lot from $1000 to in some cases up to $29,000 was … Continue reading

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The Money Comes From Only One Place…

I was reading Astrid’s piece over on Parknews.biz on parking tax in Hartford, CT, and could only shake my head. The local council wants to increase the tax on parking facilities from $1000 to as much as $29,000. From where … Continue reading

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A $100 Hammer Might be Underpriced

I spoke to a student from USC this morning. He was calling to learn ‘more about the parking industry.’ He is developing an app to enable students to communicate “peer to peer” and share rides and parking. My first question … Continue reading

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Parking Today Celebrates 25 Years

It was 1996. Bill Clinton was elected president. Gas was $1.22 a gallon. The Dow closed the year at 6400. Mad Cow Disease was ravaging the UK. Prince Charles and Diana were divorced. Nintendo 64 and DVDs were launched in … Continue reading

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Perseverance, It’s All There Is.

The IPMI’s Shawn Conrad is a reader. Looking for inspiration in our time of trouble, he picked up David McCollough’s book, 1776. Shawn writes: I find inspiration in many different ways, and this book reminded me that while 2020 was … Continue reading

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Nostradamus – Right or Wrong?

Yes, we hear about the French sage Nostradamus and revel in the ‘predictions’ of virtually everything from the world wars, bombing of Hiroshima, the destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, to plagues, the destruction of London by … Continue reading

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Cars are Freedom, How Can We Help?

There are two articles over on Parknews.biz that caught my eye this morning. One has to do with “Parking Hunger Games,” the difficulty of finding on street parking in New York City, and the other commenting on how people are … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!! As we contemplate the New Year, today’s quotation over on Parknews.biz is most appropriate. Of course it comes from that wondrous quote monger, Sir Winston himself: “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in … Continue reading

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Its Christmas Eve – Time to Dump Everything on your Desk on Someone Else

A few decades ago when I was working in the trenches the company for which I worked was holding our annual Christmas party on Christmas Eve afternoon. It was 2 PM and everyone was having a gay old time when … Continue reading

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