After a pre-winter cleanup, Targetville has returned to its former glory, its motley and distinctly non earth-toned collection of tarps and tents clearly visible through the thinned foliage along Sunset Hills Road.
Given the incredible cold snap of late, a cynic might see this as a sign of an uncaring society, unwilling or unable to help those who might need it the most. But nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, on the same "fact-finding" mission which led us to verify the re-emergence of Reston's signature community of homeless people, we visited the nearby Target from which the encampment gets its name. (After all, those 24-packs of Michael Graves-designed, BPA off-gassing plastic cups weren't going to buy themselves!) And all we had to do was walk through the front door to see immediate proof that the giant retailer is trying to "reach out" to its less fortunate neighbors, giving them the respect and support they deserve: