Last week I purchased a treadmill off of Craigslist and it took me to Reston for the first time. I have driven past Reston on the Dulles Access Road a number of times but never seemed to have time to stop and look around Reston. First the good, then the bad.
As you can see above the "downtown" Reston looks nothing like our downtown. Reston has a real downtown that is something those of us in Columbia would envy. As we talk about creating a new Town Center for Columbia I would suggest a visit to Reston to see their Town Center.
I am not sure how much of it was created after the 1970's but is looked like cheaply built contemporary housing from what I saw. Driving around I didn't see any lakes or water features to the town. Finally, Reston looked like "trendy, upscale chain store heaven." Not that we don't have that in Columbia too but we have the ethnic diversity that still reflects that value instilled in Columbia's founding.