Our Facebook BFFs at Reston Station have posted two photo galleries of the ongoing construction work (here's one, here's the other). Lots of rad pictures of dump trucks and retaining walls and "footers" and whatnot, if you're into such things, the end.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Our Facebook BFFs at Reston Station have posted two photo galleries of the ongoing construction work (here's one, here's the other). Lots of rad pictures of dump trucks and retaining walls and "footers" and whatnot, if you're into such things, the end.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Who's Hungry? Soapstone Road Diet Finally Slated To Begin, To Be Followed By Technically Complex 'Side-Walk' Project
Following the successful restriping of Personal Injury Lawyers Road into a spandex-friendly velodrome, plans to put Soapstone Drive on a "road diet" will finally come to fruition next month. As the home of all both of the road diet projects in Northern Virginia, Reston's apparently becoming VDOT's guinea pig for traffic-calming projects. What's next? Traffic circles? Chicanes?
As we've pointed out before, the Soapstone project is not technically a "diet," since the most busy segment of the road will be widened by two feet to provide additional parking, helping break the monotony of seeing all those trees along the side of the road by providing just the right amount of visual flair in the form of marooned tradesmen vehicles.
But the truly mind-blowing thing? Apparently, after talking about it for as long as this "web log" has been in existence, they may wind up adding one of those new-fangled "sidewalks" we keep hearing about. Now construction is "planned for 2013," meaning it's taken longer to plan a narrow, 0.6 mile-long stretch slab of inert concrete than the entire first phase of the Silver Line.
VDOT points to surveys and statistics saying that the Lawyers Road is now better-loved, safer, and slower. It's definitely more spandex-y, though we're not looking forward to the combination of skintight trousers and Super Big Gulps when cyclists can zip in and out of the 7-11 parking lot at speeds approaching Mach 3 on Soapstone's fancy new bike lanes.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Courtesy of our Facebook BFFs at the Reston Association, please to be enjoying this link to an exhaustive photo gallery of yesterday's U.S.-German military annual Reston Walk, which sent uniformed soldiers from both countries around Lake Audobon, evidently recapturing Glade Pool with little resistance. They say an army travels on its stomach, so it's too bad they didn't execute a classic pincer movement from there and take the Soapstone 7-11, reopening a vital supply route for Slurpees and Big Bites, the end.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Looking at this fancy rendering, you might think this is a taller, glassier reject of the original plans for Reston Town Center. But it's actually part of the plan for a revitalized, re-imagined Metro-friendly Tysons Corner, which the Washington Post inexplicably calls an "American city." Let's
Imagine, it’s a shivery January morning in 2014 and you are riding one of the first of Metro’s Silver Line cars to Tysons Corner.Don't worry -- the heat from the track fires will keep you warm.
As you step onto the platform five stories above Leesburg Pike, you look out over an area that Fairfax County officials imagine as a modern American city — a “walkable, sustainable, urban center.”We bet the residents of those fancypants apartments will enjoy their breathtaking views of car lots and the Walmart across the street. Wait, did we forget about that?
If all goes to plan by 2014, a 400-unit apartment building twice the height of buildings in downtown Washington is under construction beyond the tracks on one side. It’s next to an Exxon station, a McDonald’s and other single-use buildings surrounded by parking lots.
To be fair, they get that current-day Tysons isn't exactly the ideal urban center:
When you get off one of those first trains, reaching either side requires shuffling along a pedestrian walkway above six lanes of traffic. And keep in mind that a “block” in Tysons can be a quarter-mile or more, lined with auto dealerships and strip malls. That next street is a long way off, and the only shopping you can expect to do between here and there is for a Honda or a Mercedes...Don't worry, though, because they have, as they say in the movies, a plan. It's sidewalks:
When you step off the Silver Line in 2014, Tysons in all likelihood will still be a spectacle of imbalance, a place with the same number of Macy’s department stores (two) as grocery stores, where a glut of restaurants offer steak to the suit-and-tie crowd — the Palm, Fleming’s, Ruth’s Chris, Shula’s, Morton’s — but an apple can be hard to find.
Can a major American city — a place of authenticity, culture and even grit — evolve out of a 50-year-old place built with none of that in mind? More than 20 years into planning, it is unclear. But paramount to that effort will be sidewalks...But it will all be worth it, when we can stroll through authentic urban streetscapes like this:
Retrofitting Tysons into an urban street grid is a challenge on a scale that urban planners and academics say they have never seen.
Rolf Pendall, director of the Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, said twisting the bones of Tysons into a grid will probably be more difficult and expensive than it was to build places such as Philadelphia and Manhattan from scratch.
Part Vegas, part Ikea -- we dig it. We can't wait to shop at aBcd. But as with the breathtaking plans for Reston, a lot of this depends on the willingness of developers to do the right thing, and so far, what's happening in Tysons is mixed at best:
Some developers are not so focused on walkability.The solution? The article suggests that people might get sick of it all and move to Santa Fe. Seriously. And before you get really depressed, bear in mind that it's possible that Reston could someday have more square footage than our "American city" to the east. Let's just hope we don't get a Walmart to boot.
Take Lerner, owner of 20 million square feet of real estate and estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of $3 billion. His firm is sticking with its original plans, approved before the new guidelines came through, for an office building near a Metro stop. The county’s new blueprint for Tysons, approved in 2010, encourages more density but requires builders to contribute to public amenities such as parks, fire stations and libraries.
Another Tysons landowner, the defense contractor Mitre, is proposing 1.4 million square feet of construction but appears to ignore walkability and mixed-use principles emphasized in the new plan.
And the largest property owner in Tysons, Cityline Partners, recently sued a neighbor, Capital One, in a possible attempt to prevent it from proceeding with a dense urban plan next door. Capital One countersued last month.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Please to be enjoying this picture of a younger, and inexplicably green, Bob Simon working on the master plan of the then even-younger Reston from the nerve center of his one-time manse. It's not clear if he's trying to figure out where to stick the sinews, but the accompanying brochure shares these two convictions about the "Reston Plan":
People should be able to do the things they enjoy, near where they live.Among many other things, we think this -- apparently now open, according to several Confidential Restonian Operatives! -- is a perfect example of point #1. And the validity of point #2 has been confirmed by no less an authority than a fancy newsmagazine. So some five decades later, we're 2-0, thanks to a community that has stuck to those convictions, the end.
Many Americans want the stability of belonging to one community for a lifetime. They are tired of rootlessness.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
You may remember that the Reston Association said that the newly restored sections of Glade and Snakeden fared extremely well during the 500-year flooding a few weeks back. Some members of Save the Glade, a group that has served as a watchdog for the stream restoration project since its inception several years back, are questioning that assessment. Here's one such comment from an e-mail on the Save the Glade listserv "obtained by Restonian:"
Larry Butler's video linked on the WSSI web page and his statement that only a total of some 300' of stream needs repair should be of special interest to you if you are a person who believes your own eyes.In its own report (PDF), WSSI said that "our inspections found that the streams fared very well despite the extreme weather, especially in the areas where the vegetation had been established for a couple of growing seasons." WSSI did state that work needed to be done cleaning debris, repairing loose fabric, replanting, and redistributing sediment washed downstream. It also said the damage was more severe in the newly remediated stretches of Colvin Run, where "many of the newly installed plants washed away because their roots were unable to fully establish in this short timeframe."
The Folks at Save the Glade aren't quite as optimistic, pointing out additional damage and posting dozens of photos like this one to their listserv:
Tropical Storm Lee was the first real test of the design and construction of the stream restoration work in The Glade that we all labored so long and hard to shape to an acceptable outcome. I went out last evening and again this morning to look for damage, of which there was plenty, e.g., all three new bridges I looked at in Reach 4 were damaged, with the replacement for the original "Stinky Bridge" just downstream from the Tot Lot recording the greatest washout, as shown in the attached photo. RA bridges, pathways, and other facilities also suffered damage....To be fair, it was a 500-year-storm. Save the Glade argues this matters because of the complex stream remediation agreement between the RA and WSSI, which established a fund for this sort of repair work that the watchgdog group believes requires some sort of oversight:
While it is true that the storm was not an unmitigated disaster for the restored streams and many stream sections are sound, I found much to be troubling, especially in the face of the "glow" being put on the outcome of the storm by WSSI/RA.
The damage that was done to the stream banks and structures represents "chinks in the armor" that are likely to lead to further damage by lesser storms in the future. If repairs are made only to the most spectacular failures, the integrity and longevity of the restored streams is open to question.There you have it. Also, as a tip, do not look up the term "stinky bridge" in the Urban Dictionary, the end.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Planning Magazine, which is essentially the Cosmo of the urban planning scene, minus all the fragrance strips stuffed into the pages, just ran a fancy article on Reston (PDF). It gushes over Fountain Square and its fancy "glass roofed pavilion, built in 1993, that distantly recalls the "crystal palace" at the core of Ebenezer Howard's garden cities." Which is exactly what we're reminded of every time we go to hear a Beatles tribute band or wait in line for one of those, whazzitcalled, iPads. And the complements keep coming!
Architect Robert A.M. Stern, who designed one of the residential complexes in Reston, has likened it to such older, walkable suburban cities as White Plains, New York, Stamford, Connecticut, and Evanston, Illinois.We should be proud to be called the "White Plains of the South," right?
Along with dropping the names of fancypants architects with more frequency than Page Six lists misbehaving starlets, the article includes a few Fun Facts that we didn't know, such as the original plan for our
The current Master Plan being considered for the area around the
Consider this your list of talking points for the next time you're invited to a cocktail party of urban planners and architects. Just stay away from your detailed critique of Witold Rybczynski's view of urbanization after everyone's had a few drinks.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
We bring you shocking news from the most closely watched political race of this or any other season, the Reston Community Center Board of Governors 2011 Preference Poll. And in this bellwether election, the most talked-about issue has become the presence of canoes at the Wednesday forum:
On Wednesday evening, the six candidates in the Reston Community Center's 2011 Preference Poll will take to the CentreStage to outline what they would bring to the Board of Governors.Welcome to Communist Russia, where canoes bring you. But this is only half the story! Collected from a series of e-mails "obtained by Restonian," here are the real facts about Canoegate:
Candidate Rod Koozmin wants to bring a canoe on stage, and is miffed that executive director Leila Gordon has told him "no."
Koozmin says he wants to bring the boat because he hand made it in RCC's woodshop. The woodshop - expanding hours, availability and programming- is the central focus of Koozmin's campaign.
"I don't think bringing your canoe will work," Gordon wrote to Koozmin in an email obtained by Patch. "We have another candidate who builds things in the shop, and if you bring your canoe he should be able to bring his work, so I think it is best to just restrict this to the physical presence of the candidates."
- The canoe in question is called the "Wee Lassie," and it doesn't "take up any more room side-wise than, say, a laptop."
- Per Koozmin, "it might actually be useful in an emergency like a fire should one occur during the candidates forum as kind of a shield."
- Canoes could help fulfill the one-time dream of a series of canals connecting Reston's lakes.
- Canoes are hardly a side issue in this election, given their long and storied history in Reston, which includes this... and... well, mostly just that.
Update: RCC is now allowing Koozmin to bring his canoe and display it in the lobby during tonight's forum, according to e-mails "obtained by Restonian." Democracy restored, all's right in the world, etc., etc.
Update #2: A Confidential Restonian Wiki-Canoeleaks Operative shared this account of yesterday's forum:
More crowded than a GOP primary election in Takoma Park, a standing room only audience of...12...sort of filled the RCC for this evening's "meet the candidates" event, one that competed with such other simultaneously occurring RCC programs as dog obedience class, K-9 detection work, and the Narcotics Anonymous meeting. After a detailed explanation of upcoming RCC voting procedures, which if followed in 1960 in Chicago would have swung Illinois into Tricky Dick's column, we were greeted by our moderator, the one and only Lady Fairfax. All six candidates, whom I truly laud for their civic-mindedness, came up with such memorably snappy sound bites as "I'm not a one-issue candidate, I'm 3-D", "It's not for the glory that I do this", "I am aging in Reston wonderfully", and "Let's polish up the stainless steel around the pool."Of course, the real scandal is that only 12 people showed up. Have we mentioned that this group has oversight of unpopular multi-million dollar projects?
And, unless it were a stealth canoe that would prove useful in making waterborne getaways from the ABC store in South Lakes or transporting muffins at $16 a pop to Department of Justice conferences, alas there was nary a canoe in sight tonight.
In the interest of having more than 12 people hear what these folks have to say, here's video from Wednesday's forum:
Monday, September 19, 2011
Set the earth-toned Wayback Machine to 1979, where we can witness a sight unfamiliar to us in today's modern era: a bustling Tall Oaks Village Center, complete with a nearly full parking lot and a grocery truck unloading foodstuffs into what is now empty space.
Before we start getting the time-travel equivalent of the bends, let's orient ourselves. LANK and the Tall Oaks pool are at the right of the photo. The
Friday, September 16, 2011
It's been a while since the 'ole distillery packed up, moving its wares of swill favored by fraternity types at a nearby state college to Fredericksburg. But Reston is once again living up to the traditions of its forefathers from the drunken village of Wiehele, courtesy of Reston native Jason Zimecki and one, um, "Naked Jay."
Naked Jay Vodka debuts with a line of premium and uniquely flavored vodkas: Naked Jay Big Dill -- dill pickle flavored vodka, Naked Jay Whip Cream -- whipped cream flavored vodka, and an 80 proof original vodka. The American-made vodkas, distilled four times, are now available exclusively to the state of Virginia.It's not quite the apple hitting Sir Isaac Newton's head, which as grade school students everywhere know gave him the inspiration for a square full of low-rise, Ebola-producing businesses. But we'll take it. Let's hear more!
Naked Jay Big Dill Vodka, the boldest flavor in the lineup, is the brainchild of Reston, Virginia native, Jason Zimecki. Zimecki came up with the "Big Dill Idea" when he ran out of mixers at a football tailgate with friends. After mixing vodka with leftover pickle juice, an idea was hatched.
Naked Jay Big Dill exudes the delicious bite of dill pickles and the smoothness of Naked Jay Vodka. Zimecki prefers the product in a Bloody Mary, as a chilled shooter or in a Dirty Pickle.Who wouldn't?
The fancy press release that crossed the transom here at Restonian World Headquarters ended with this chilling statement:
Photos Available Upon RequestUm, thanks but no thanks.
Because all the kool kidz are still grooving to the YouTube videos of last week's flooding, here's one more, courtesy of the Reston Association, talking about its ongoing efforts to clean up storm debris.
The video confirms one bit of good news that several of our commenters pointed out as the floodwaters receded: The stream restoration projects of the past several years actually held up to the unprecedented storm exceptionally well. According to the RA, less than 1 percent of the more than 45,000 feet of restored streams needs to be, um, re-restored, which is a pretty strong testament to the quality of the work... or perhaps the lack of nearby trees to fall and befoul the streams. Either way, it's a win!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Sinkhole Surrounded By Cones a Powerful Metaphor for Our Attempts to Control Nature's Capricious Power, Or Something
From the Twitter machine, here's a picture of the sinkhole that almost swallowed Reston -- or at least our vehicle -- whole after last Thursday's flooding. Don't look so tough now, do ya, pal? Just try to get past all those orange cones. Just try it!
Meanwhile, VDOT is accepting claims for vehicles damaged at the North Reston
Update: This fancy YouTube video takes us deep into the heart of the sinkhole. Be warned -- it's not for the faint of heart.
Update #2: According to our BFFs at Patch, VDOT is now saying that claims by
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Fancypants "consultancy" Accenture is moving its Northern Virginia offices from Reston Town Center to a former car dealership in Arlington. Clearly you can see the appeal, right?
Accenture PLC is moving its Northern Virginia office from Reston Town Center to The JBG Cos.’s 800 N. Glebe Road project, the developer confirmed Tuesday.Meanwhile, at Lake Anne Plaza, Millennium Bank is sending its customers letters via uniformed federal agents saying it plans on closing its branch there in December, leaving it branches in Herndon and Sterling. A few years back, Millennium had moved to a smaller space at Lake Anne, further back from the parking lot, but this news took our Confidential Restonian Operatives by surprise.
“We are very pleased that Accenture has chosen 800 North Glebe for its new Washington D.C. headquarters.” JBG said in a statement to the Washington Business Journal . “The global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company plans to relocate to this Ballston property in spring of 2012.”
Accenture will take about 100,000 square feet in the project, brokers in the deal said, about half of what it currently has at Boston Properties ’ 11951 Freedom Drive in Reston.
While a small bank branch closing is obviously a much smaller move than Accenture's departure, the potential impact on Lake Anne may wind up being more significant than at RTC, where high-profile
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
First it was aliens. Now zombies are apparently prowling Hunter Mill Road in search of the unsuspecting and the credulous. Confidential Restonian Operative "Andrea" shared this photo, taken Monday night near where Hunter Mill intersects with the Toll Road.
Clearly this was an oversight on VDOT's part -- as we've said before, if they're seriously worried about protecting us from mindless creatures lurching about in single-minded pursuit of
The folks at the National Weather Service got out their slide rules and, wedunno, fancy weather machines, and concluded that last Thursday's flooding was a "500-year rainfall." So mark your calendars for September 2511... which, coincidentally, may be almost exactly the same time that the first
Pink Silver Mauve Line pulls into the particleboard wastelands of Loudoun County.
Of course, the Poindexters at NWS want to make sure that we understand that they're not being literal.
Return period doesn’t mean that we won’t see that kind of rain in those locations for several decades (or centuries). A 1 in 100 year rain means that there is a 1% chance of seeing that amount of rain in any given year. A 0.1% chance is true for a 1 in 1000 year event.We stand by the 2511 completion date for the final phase of the Silver Line, though.
Meanwhile, someone -- let's call them Damp Throat -- tipped off the folks at the Washington Post that the Reston North
As I walked through the parking lot I noticed David Benson calmly sitting on his 1991 Cadillac Broughan, waiting for a tow truck. Benson was very fond of his Cadillac but expects it will be totalled. He has already started to search for a similar model.The true tragedy, though?
As I spoke to Benson, he held his arm up as high as he could reach. “This is how high the water was over my car,” he said.
Benson plans to petition the Fairfax Board of Supervisors to replace the inadequate storm drain in the parking lot.
Benson also suggested that the runoff in the flooded parking lot was from the nearby Dulles Toll Road and the wide-spread development which surrounds the commuter lot in Reston. He said that pavement drains much faster than grass and the new Metro stop near Weihle Avenue will make this problem even worse.
I turned my focus from the waterlogged cars to photographing the flood-related debris and litter. It was everywhere. I work in Reston and I never see litter.Poignant. Lots of photos of water-on-car action at this link, if you're into such things. We especially enjoyed the "floating bug" found in the center console of a truck, the end.
As I walked out of the parking lot back to my car I noticed a new pair of Mickey Mouse sunglasses, perfectly positioned on the top of a small debris pile which rested on the asphault.
Monday, September 12, 2011
We love this detail of some hard-working employee, busy
And then there's this:
Love the turret thingy this sign is suspended above. Too bad we ultimately wound up getting a Macaroni Grill instead of one of these fine eateries.
Friday, September 9, 2011
More rain? Seriously? Apparently, we could get another inch today, with "the heaviest bands expected later this afternoon," so prepare for another fun rush hour.
Here are some pictures of yesterday's school bus accident on North Shore Drive.
Rt. 7 is still closed at Colvin Mill Run.
Both of yesterday's flooding victims have been identified by police:
Jake Donaldson, 12, was reported missing around 6 p.m., believed to have been swept away by flood waters in his backyard in the 9700 block of Marcliff Court. Numerous police and fire personnel responded to the scene in the torrential downpour to search for the boy. His body was found around 8 p.m. in Piney Branch Creek at Lawyers Road.One more video. Watch to about 1:05 for a surprise -- albeit one we don't condone.
Detectives are continuing to investigate.
In another incident at around 7 p.m., police and emergency personnel responded to an apparent drowning of a 67-year-old man. He had been driving his Toyota Yaris in rising waters near Beech Mill Road at Club View Drive. The man, Arsalan Hakiri, was swept downstream in his car. As he apparently tried to get out, he was swept into the creek and drowned near Carrwood Drive.
Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit are continuing to investigate.
Update: Confidential Restonian Operative "John" shared this photo of Lake Anne Plaza at the high-water point late yesterday afternoon.
Our BFFs at Reston Patch are reporting minor leaks at Terraset Elementary and South Lakes High School, as well as a lot of waterlogged cars at the Park &
Update #2: The final box score for this "rain event?" A total of 11.97 inches. Enjoy another photo courtesy of CRO "John:"
Then, on Friday night, we encountered this -- and by "encountered," we mean "almost drove into it, and were so startled, our fingers were trembling as we typed out this fancy twitter tweet thingy:"
At this point, nothing will surprise us.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Courtesy of the Twitter machine and Fairfax Connector, here is a picture taken this afternoon at the North Reston Park & Ride lot in the midst of the
No word on any injuries; hopefully it was less scary than it looked. Time to upgrade the 1980s-era cellphone.
Fairfax Connector will be staging a bus at the North Reston Park & Ride as a "mobile shelter" for folks who get to the lot and find their cars have been transformed into U-Boats.
Update: No injuries from the school bus incident, according to our Twitter besties at Patch. And here's an even scarier photo of the flooding on Sunset Hills/Reston North P&R:
Though it seems obvious, remember to avoid attempting to drive through giant rivers of muddy, swirling water. And here's one more picture of disputed origin, in case you can't get enough:
Update #2: Now a tree has fallen at Sunrise Valley and Soapstone:
With more rain expected through the evening, it's going to be a long night.
Update #3: Commenters say that patients and staff at Kaiser off Sunset Hills are/were stranded. A fun collection of video action is available here; by now everyone's seen and/or retweeted this. And Confidential Restonian Operative "J" shares this:
Now that the water has filled the 100-year floodplain, I am looking for a map showing the 200-year floodplain.Update #4: Two Fairfax County residents have died in the floodwaters, including a 12-year-old near Lawyers Road in Vienna.
Not surprisingly, Fairfax County schools are closed on Friday.
With some B-roll footage of some Restonian out looking for his next meal, we begin the fancy September
In perhaps the most dramatic opener yet, our host Andy Sigle speaks from the roof of one of those fancy Town Center high rises, lord of all who can hear his dulcet tones echo through the land. It's an appropriate vantage point to discuss the Reston Master Plan Task Force With An Unpronounceable Acronym (∞). Then it's over to RA Vice President Paul Thomas, who shares what the task force has been up to, most of which involves the "intensity" and mix of development around the new Metro stations. "That will dictate traffic patterns, so we have to get that mix right," Thomas says, and he isn't kidding. As Thomas mentions that the work of the Task Force is soon to shift to the village centers, through the magic of some special effects wizardry worthy of Industrial Lights & Magic, we get a glimpse of Tall Oaks Shopping Center with what appears to be a full parking lot. Amazing!
There's also some stuff about the upcoming Reston multicultural festival and some sweet Cops-style cinema verite of a police officer stone cold busting some dude who zipped by a stopped school bus. YEAH! Finally, did you know those blinking lights in school zones are actually called "Wink-O-Matic" signs? Now you do, thanks to YouTube and the RA, the end.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Dear Leader recently told one of the fancy
printed out "web logs" newspapers serving our community about the ten places in Reston he'd show an out-of-town guest. They include various brutalist pieces of art like Lake Anne's concrete boat and pyramid, examples of mixed-use and cluster development, and appropriately, the Embry Rucker homeless shelter, the Nature House, and RCC's Center Stage -- all unique things about our beloved earth-toned community. He even calls Fountain Square in the Fake Downtown gritty urban core "a perfect example of a plaza." Just don't tell these folks!
We sincerely like Mr. Simon's list. Of course, our own Restonian Top 10 might be just a little different. For the second time in as many weeks, roust Kasey Kasem from his money pile of Scooby Doo residuals, because we're counting them down, and the earth-toned hits don't stop until we get to the top!
10. The Metal Bob statue. Modesty surely kept Mssr. Simon from mentioning what is seriously a nice, human-scaled tribute to the man that built this city.
9. The Great Hole of Reston, better known as the Reston Station construction site. Soon fanciful concrete bollards will watch over the site like the statues of Easter Island, confounding tourists and commuters alike.
8. Maria's Passion Paradise*
(*German and Japanese tour groups only)
7. Terraset Elementary, to see a rational, energy-efficent future that never was. And also to pay homage to the Mole People.
6. McTacoHut, for an immersive fast-food experience that even the Mall of America food court can't beat.
5. RA Headquarters, better known as the Aegean Stables of Filing Cabinetry.
4. The Green Forest Nudist Colony, Reston's original Lost Colony, Colonial Williamsburg, and Moulin Rouge all rolled into one.
3. The Apple Store, Gap, Unos, and all the other unique boutiques that can only be found in our Gritty Urban Core (and the 10,000 other MSAs/DMAs that meet the appropriate demographic and psychographic metrics, as well as ample off-street parking).
2. Tall Oaks Shopping Center, known to retail historians throughout the world as the "graveyard of international food stores."
1. The Macaroni Grill. Was there any doubt on this one? Like Venice, people simply need to see it before it
sinks beneath the waves is converted into a mixed-use wonderland, the end.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Here's something that made us do the proverbial sitcom spit-take as we were reading the fancy "news paper" this morning: Our beloved, much anticipated, much angsted-about, much bollardy Metro extension may not become the Silver Line after all. They're considering making it a "cool, pale pink." Is it really fair to consider a color for our shiny new Metro line that we're not allowed to use as an accent trim on our homes?
Here's what the fancypants designer says:
He has told Metro that he wants to show the rail line to Dulles on the redesigned map as a “cool, pale pink” similar to the color of the District’s well-known cherry tree blossoms at the Tidal Basin. Never mind that the famous location of the trees is miles away from Northern Virginia’s extended rail line.Riiiight. I think we all know what we need to do.
Wyman said he thinks the cherry blossom color for the Dulles line sends a “welcome to visitors from Dulles” to the heart of Washington.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Besides making us hungry at inopportune moments, all the recent talk about sinews and Texas donuts have gotten us to wondering: What was the thinking behind determining where high-density development should be concentrated in Reston?
Glad you asked. Please to be enjoying this map from the original 1962 Reston Master Plan:
Flash forward to 1989, when the Master Plan was revised:
Now flash forward to 2011, and you get this:
That's not especially funny, so please enjoy this credit line from the original Master Plan, posted without comment: