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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

Parking Lot Radio

The Pandemic has inspired innovation. Churches particularly want to hold services and keep social distancing. An outfit in Oregon is developing a “parking lot radio”.  It’s a low powered AM radio that enables broadcasts in an area about the size … Continue reading

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The World Will Never Be the Same

How many times have we read this over the past six weeks? How may ‘futurists’ or even just journalistic wags tell us about the “New Normal.” I frankly am sick of it. Our lives and social structure change constantly. And … Continue reading

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Just Where Does the Money Come From? Plus a New Normal — Not!

I was always curious about people who work for a company and assume the money comes from the CEO, or the Board of Directors. What is most obvious is that in every case, in every company, in every organization, the … Continue reading

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“Fear does us more harm than the things of which we’re afraid”

Roman Emperor and Stoic Marcus Aurelius was prescient by 2000 years when he included in his writings that “fear does us more harm than the things of which we’re afraid.” FDR continued the thinking with “the only thing we have … Continue reading

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Here’s a blog that PROBABLY is about SUGGESTING a change that MIGHT be coming and COULD affect the industry…

I have been reading headlines from the MSM lately and find certain words creeping into them. Words like the ones in caps above. What I then find is that the article has nothing to do with news, but is simply … Continue reading

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OMG A Blog That’s Actually About Parking

The City of Anchorage, AK is ‘moving ahead’ with charging hotels for the loading zones in front of their establishments. They as asking the industry the following questions: What is your monthly fee per parking space in a hotel loading … Continue reading

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Mark Cuban Speaks Out

This is a time of confusion for many. What to do, What to do? I read quotes from many CEO’s and they seem locked into the “same old same old.” Cut expenses, lay off staff, hunker down, hide from reality. … Continue reading

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Some Good News in a time of Crisis

I received the following from Ellis Dumont, CEO of Advanced Parking Concepts. Congratulations to him and his company in continuing their residential food delivery assistance program. I appreciate the shout out, but all the Kudos go to Tom Carter and … Continue reading

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Are the Pandemic Changes Permanent?

Adam Benzion, writing in Fast Company, posits that moving online is the way to go and that permanent changes may be here to stay. I must say that I wonder about that. Benzion, of course, is a Silicon Valley graduate … Continue reading

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Extra!!!! Special Pandemic Edition of PT now Online  Extra!!!

  We have been overwhelmed with stories about parking and the pandemic so we decided to prepare an ‘on line’ edition of Parking Today. It is up now and you can read it here. The content is fantastic. It is … Continue reading

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