The “smart growth” dream of Reston, Va. was founded 45 years ago to blend city and suburban strengths in a new community development with open space and urban convenience. But land use politics means, in part, being able to pressure local elected officials to influence development decisions. Some of the 60,000 Restonians, who say their legacy is crumbling away, want self-governing status of a township to address needs they feel county government ignores.
The issues raised in Reston speak to other and planned eco-towns in North America and the UK, as Tom Grubisch, who lived in Reston from 1967 to 2003, writes in the Washington Post. Your comments are welcome more