Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village
Original Author: William A. Graham
Created: June 20, 1969
Medium: Photograph
Publisher: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village

Lake Anne Village was the first of the five planned villages for the new community of Reston, Virginia, when construction began early in the 1960s. Its founder, Robert E. Simon, had vowed that Reston would distinguish itself from the the kind of suburban sprawl that had sprung up around the country by creating mixed-use space designed to foster community living. Reston was the seedbed for "smart growth," "green cities," "new urbanism," and similar anti–sprawl ideas and policies that, by the 1990s, would inform almost all new suburban development.