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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

Why Chicago?

The Parking Industry Exhibition 2018 will be held March 26-29 and return to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. We select the Chicago area for many reasons. First and foremost, it’s easy to reach from all parts of the country, less than … Continue reading

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It’s Here — Parkageddon OMG

I just read an article posted by Astrid over in parknews.biz from the “Economist” that breathlessly proclaimed that we were in a ‘Parkageddon.’ Cities were clogged by cars parking everywhere, destroying civic life as we know it. Seems the writer … Continue reading

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A Discussion on Smart Cities

I was favored to spend some time at PARKEX in the UK last week with the senior staff at IPS, and in a different meeting, with with a group  from Conduent. While these are different companies, IPS supplying hardware and … Continue reading

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But The Technology is Working…

I came across this story on Parknews. Seems the local shopping mall decided to begin charging for parking and all hell broke loose. I searched Parknews and found that Astrid had posted 23 stories about the project, located in Reston … Continue reading

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Lets Think Outside that Box, Parking Fans

Here’s the deal. According to this article, Santa Monica is going to lose its last manufacturing plant, Pioneer Magnetics,  that has had as many as 600 workers and now has over 100. Why? Due to lack of parking. Seems the … Continue reading

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On the Road Again -The UK’s Parkex/Traffex Exhibition

Parking Today and Parknews.biz will be on the road next week, heading across the pond to the land of warm beer, bangers and mash, and Briexit. We will be holding forth at the Parkex/Traffex event, being held this year at … Continue reading

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PIVOT – Just watch us

“Pivot” has become a buzz words for companies large and small. If you are going to survive, you have to be able to change direction “on a dime.” It seems you must be able to react quickly to market forces, … Continue reading

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Latest Test for the Law Review

This must be my week for pictures. I drove to Beverly Hills for breakfast at Factors Famous Deli — Surely you have heard of it, its “Famous.”  I decided to park in the neighborhood a few blocks away to get … Continue reading

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Budding Parking Designer

As I took the pooch for a walk the other day, I came across some chalk drawings on the sidewalk. There was no one around, but the results and the location told me that the artist was in the 4 … Continue reading

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Twitter, Social Media and PIE

Kathleen Laney and Bob Harkins spoke about Social Media at PIE 2017. However, Astrid and I spent the days leading up to their presentation tweeting everything we could find about PIE. Hundreds of tweets, which begat 100s of retweets reaching … Continue reading

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