The recent obituary of Ada Louise Huxtable, the first Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic, pointed out a Fun Fact: The one thing she wrote about in Washington, D.C., was Reston -- and she liked it, she really, really liked it!
Taking time away from lamenting the destruction of New York's Penn Station and the sterility of JFK airport, she wrote this:
In the Washington area, she wrote positively in 1967 about the planned community of Reston, noting that it “ran counter to every standard practice and procedure of conventional real estate development. Standard practice means the sleazy subdivision and the asphalted shopping center, the familiar fast-buck operation, composed of short-term, quick profit, in-and-out financing and instant obsolescence.”Sounds familiar. As our favorite correspondent, The Peasant From Less Sought After South Reston, points out:
Towards the beginning of the obit, the Post writes that "Mrs. Huxtable emerged as a bold voice for quality of life in development, whether campaigning against antiseptic modernism in urban building (Comment: cough!-Tysons Corner-cough!) or the mindless creep of suburban tract development (Comment: cough!-Loudoun County-cough!).What does that mean in practice? While she hated this:
She loved this: