Reston, VA, USA

Reston, VA is a Garden City that was developed in the 1960s. Using Green City principles, the city is designed to serve as an alternative form of living in contrast to nearby Washington, DC. The cul-de-sac organization and the large greenbelt of rural farmland surrounding the city are physical and mental buffers to DC that posit Reston as an smaller, greener, and tighter-knit community and an alternative to the bureaucratic, crowded, and transitory DC. Reston’s lack of grid and countless footpaths also serve to create a contrast between Reston and DC by orienting Reston along pedestrian-centered development, as opposed to DC’s highways.

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