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Monday, August 20, 2012

Flashback Monday: A Children's Treasury of Suddenly Deeply Ironic Photos of Reston Growing Around A Golf Course

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What a nice conceptual sketch of a happy Reston resident driving his whale-sized vehicle home after a long day of strapping bombs to dolphins work, his spirits cheered by the tree-lined entrance to his neighborhood, nestled in the center of a golf course, of all things. What crazy dreamers!

Here's a golf course just south of the Dulles Access Road surrounded by... well, nothing. But not for long!

The year is 1972. The bourgeoise frolic on the links while the proles workers build the shining black megalith in the background. And also the Sheraton.

Wow, that didn't take long.

Some townhomes being built near a golf course a parcel of indeterminate zoning.

For some unknown reason, real estate developers thought that the presence of a golf course would be enough of a "selling point" for prospective residents of a planned community that they portrayed it prominently in their advertising. Go figure!

Some sweet sweet 80s visuals here. You just know that the guy is listening to some Glenn Fry Frey on his walkman.

This clever photographer hid a parcel of land with indeterminate zoning characteristics somewhere in this picture. Can you spot it?

Update: The Peasant From Less Sought-After South Reston contributes more inspired poetry.


  1. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonAugust 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    "Imagine", as sung by the Developers’ Choir of Fairfax County and their minions on the Board of Supervisors

    (with apologies to the immortal John Lennon, although we suspect he would approve the sentiments expressed herein)

    Imagine there’s no golf course
    It’s easy if Reston tries
    No green below us
    Above us only high rise
    Imagine all the cash we’re forfeiting today

    Imagine there’s no green space
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing in a natural state
    And no Browns Chapel too
    Imagine all Reston living in Section 8

    You, you may say
    I’m a developer, but I’m not the only one
    I hope some day to rezone you
    And the Reston you know is done

    Imagine no zoning laws
    I wonder if you can
    No need for a master plan
    A brotherhood of greed
    Imagine developers destroying all Reston

    You, you may say
    I’m a developer, but I’m surely not the best
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And make Reston the new Tysons West

  2. No Growth is Smart Growth. 'Nuff said.

  3. "Reston was planned for people who mix business with pleasure."

    Well, if that's true the how the master plan for Reston didn't include a strip club?

    Oh. That's right. I forgot. We do have a Victoria's Secret at RTC...which is basically a strip clug...and, of course, Ben and Jerry's... which might as well be a strip club, considering how they strip all the cash out of your wallet plus max out your credit cards just to purchase a microscopic smidgen of ice cream that would barely satisfy the cravings of an anorexic bumblebee.


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