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Monday, September 28, 2009

Flashback Monday: 'Seemingly Undauntable Neo-Suburbia'

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Here, of course, is a scale model of the first stage of Reston's fake downtown, which, like the final product, seems built, Disney Main Street USA-style, to 7/8 scale. But buy a thesaurus and check out this elitist New York Times article dating back to 1986 about the exciting new project:
Developers are adding a new kind of city-like high-rise Main Street to Reston's 11.5 square miles of seemingly undauntable neo-suburbia, where curing streets named Stirrup Road, Trotter Lane and Gallent Fox Court weave among timbered 'executive campuses' filled with more office space than in downtown Richmond, the state capital.

In planning an urban, straight-line street grid that seems deliberately antithetic to the pseudorustic theme set by Reston's Colt's Neck Road and Polo Fields Court, the well-financed owners of one of America's most successful 'new towns' may be setting a new national pattern for what could be called a 'new city.'

In places, a drive past the eye-catching architecture of these new workplaces... can give the motorist the illusion of threading his way across a trayful of intimidatingly oversized, high-cholesterol petits fours. Here and there, the roadside confections are interrupted by emulations of buttoned-up concrete missile launching bunkers.
We'll come up with something funny to say just as soon as we figure out what those three paragraphs mean. We did laugh, though, when the article referred to the Town Center as "Reston's Times Square," albeit with fewer hookers and polyglot hot dog vendors.

7 comments:

  1. Broke in Charter OakSeptember 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Holy cupcake trays! To think some people have insinuated that yours truly can occasionally type in an elitist fashion. I'm having quite a tumultuous time digesting and decoding that article! Is it basically INSULTING the Town Center?

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  2. I like how the streets have gone from 'curving' to 'curing'...maybe health care starts on Trotter Lane.

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  3. "Here and there, the roadside confections are interrupted by emulations of buttoned-up concrete missile launching bunkers."

    Yes....

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  4. I like the green buffers on both sides of Reston Parkway. Other communities are starting to see the perils in urban sprawl.

    http://enclave-nashville.blogspot.com/2009/07/cautionary-tale-of-neverending.html

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  5. Goodbye Ruby Tuesday...

    m

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  6. This reminds me - when I was a night guard, one tower was constructed (nearest Reston Ave.) and the other was under construction. Had key cards to all the suites. Molson had their own bar and taps on one of the upper floors of the completed tower. Just saying. Our crew was heavy with vets - one a door gunner in the Nam

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  7. "Here and there, the roadside confections are interrupted by emulations of buttoned-up concrete missile launching bunkers."

    Our own little piece of NORAD. Whuddathunk it?

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