Robert E. Simon Jr. bought 6,750 acres in Fairfax County in 1961 and named it “Reston” three years later. In the past 50 years, the community has grown to include nearly 60,000 residents and about 60,000 daily workers, and it is soon to welcome its first Metro stop on the new Silver Line.
March 27, 2014 A busy intersection within Reston Town Center. In 1961, Robert E. Simon Jr., mapped out on a yellow legal pad his plans for the large chunk of land he was about to buy outside Washington. “I worked out on the yellow pad everything I could think of that I’d seen in the world that appealed to me,” he says. Many of his ideas were contrary to how suburbs were then being built. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Buy Photo