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Reston Virginia: A National Planning Landmark Plus Video of Lake Anne Village Center
How Reston got its name

Melody: How did Reston get its name…from being a restful place to live? How come its design is so unusual?
Steve: No Melody, Reston is a peaceful place to live…but the name Reston was derived from the initials of Robert E. Simon, the man behind the outstanding design, vision, and creation of Reston.
That is a sculpture of him above sitting on a bench a Lake Anne Center.
I will write about the history of Reston from time to time, since it is an intriguing topic for anyone interested in real estate development and the thought process that goes into designing a livable community…rather then just slapping up some buildings, selling them and running off to do it again somewhere else.
The following quote is from the Washington Post 2004:
“Robert E. Simon Jr. is the pioneer behind the groundbreaking planned community of Reston, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year.
Reston’s European-style plaza, clustered townhomes, centerpiece lake, and contemporary architecture are studied by planning and architecture students across the country.
Named by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a national planning ... more

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