"It’s difficult to overcome the culture that we live in.
It’s a culture where a state-of-the-art bathroom and kitchen
are what one needs, plus enough square footage to show everyone
that one could afford it. We’ve gone a couple centuries
without understanding community.
It’s too bad that it’s so hard to communicate what pleasure one gets
from living with one’s fellow human being."

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Imagine no mauve houses. It's easy if you try

Welcome to Restonian, a blog about all things Reston (tm). Warts and all.

But what, you may ask, is Reston (tm)? For the definitive answer, let us point you to the introduction to the seminal work, Reston: The First 20 Years.

For a long time, Reston was an idea, a plan, a dream. It would be a place, said the planners and dreamers, where people would be able to work where they lived. The countryside would co-exist with the city, with ducks and geese parading past the stores and townhouses lining the manmade lakes, and trails leading from apartments to glades of trees. Reston would not only be a new town, but a new way of living.

Shorter version, set to music:

You may say that I'm a dreamer
Well, I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And adhere to cluster regulations
on the placement of recycling bins in or near carport areas.

Forgive us if we get a bit emotional.


  1. If this was Facebook, I'd click "like" right about now....

  2. Oh Reston how I miss your warmth, beauty, and money. How I miss your bland brown Landscape and overpriced plastic apartments. I will be returning to you soon my love as Ireland can not compete with such Fake Plastic trees.


  3. A therapist once told me I did not belong in Reston!! True I didn't, so I left. Then for some insane reason I came back again. Just to give it another shot. I had a good job, my daughter was born in the West Wing @ Reston Hospital. Once again those words from my therapist came to mind, so I left again. I returned to my native country of Ireland. A country of history, poets, beautiful scenery and a MAJOR recession. Guess what happens next????

    Jon's Wife.

  4. Jon's Second Wife That Didn't Know Jon Had Another Wife at the Time He Proposed!November 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Reston: It's like eating sunshine!

  5. I love Reston.
    -Ted Danson


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