A Love Letter to the Suburbs

The short, deliberate history of Reston, VA

Rob Walker
Sep 3, 2014 · 12 min read
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Not long ago I got a quick, driven tour of “Town Center,” in Reston, Virginia. I was with my wife, her parents (who live in Reston), and her brother (who, like us, was visiting). I marveled at how thoroughly the area has been developed since my first visit, in the mid 1990s.


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The land that became Reston. Courtesy of the Reston Museum. (Thanks also to Storycatcher Productions.)

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Robert Simon: Reston’s original mastermind. Courtesy of the Reston Museum. (Thanks also to Storycatcher Productions.)
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From Another Way of Living, courtesy of Storycatcher Productions.
Courtesy of Robert Webb. (Thanks also to Storycatcher Productions.)
Courtesy of John Siddall. (Thanks also to Storycatcher Productions.)


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A field guide to the designed world

Rob Walker

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Senior writer for Marker by Medium. Longtime contributor to The New York Times (Workologist, Consumed). Author of The Art of Noticing (Knopf). RobWalker.net

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A field guide to the designed world

Rob Walker

Written by

Senior writer for Marker by Medium. Longtime contributor to The New York Times (Workologist, Consumed). Author of The Art of Noticing (Knopf). RobWalker.net

re:form

A field guide to the designed world

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