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Robert E. Simon's Town - Virtual Reward

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Hidden : 08/01/2018
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"Live, Work, Play"

Arriving at the posted coordinates, you will be at Lake Anne Plaza, the most developed of the seven plazas, of which only five were developed, that were core to the vision of Reston's founder. Take a few minutes to sit with him, surrounded by the high-rise buildings, the local retail establishments, the lake and its amenities, and the trails that connect the town. Hopefully, during your short visit, you will get a feel for the type of community that he created more than 50 years ago, initiating planned communities across the country.


Although the development of the area can be traced back more than 350 years, the defining moment was the decision by a New York real estate developer in the early 1960s to create a planned community on the land that had most recently been part of the Bowman Farm. Founded in 1964, Reston, Virginia, resulted from the implementation of Robert E. Simon's vision of a "New Town." The town's name is derived from his initials (R.E.S.) and a shortened version of "town."

Robert E. Simon

Robert Simon was a New York City native who was born 0n April 10, 1914, into a family that developed and managed real estate investments in the Northeast United States. On his birthday in 1964, with proceeds from the sale of the family's interests in Carnegie Hall, Simon officially commenced development of a city area that is credited with starting the modern era of planned communities. Simon returned to Reston in 1993, living in the Lake Anne area until his death on September 21, 2015. The statue that you visit at the posted coordinates was commissioned in 2004 as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Reston's founding.

Simon envisioned a community anchored by a town center and ringed by community plazas. The community contains greenspaces and connecting trails to give residents the opportunity to live, work and play in Reston without requiring the use of motorized transportation.

Guiding Principles

Robert Simon set down seven goals which were to become the blue-print for the building of Reston. While Simon's official involvement with the community ended in 1967, these principles have continued to underlie the development of the area for more than 50 years.

  1. That the widest choice of opportunities be made available for the full use of leisure time. This means that the New Town should provide a wide range of recreational and cultural facilities as well as an environment for privacy.
  2. That it be possible for anyone to remain in a single neighborhood throughout his life, uprooting being neither inevitable nor always desirable. By providing the fullest range of housing styles and prices-from high rise efficiencies to six-bedroom townhouses and detached houses-housing needs can be met at a variety of income levels, and at different stages of family life. This kind of mixture permits residents to remain rooted in the community - if they so choose - as their particular housing needs change. As a by-product, this also results in the heterogeneity that spells a lively and varied community.
  3. That the importance and dignity of each individual be the focal point for all planning, and take precedence over large scale concepts.
  4. That people may be able to live and work in the same community.
  5. That commercial, cultural and recreational facilities be made available to the residents from the outset of the development-not years later.
  6. That beauty - structural and natural - is a necessity of the good life and should be fostered.
  7. That Reston be a financial success. Simon wanted his country-city to be more than a place to live; he wanted Reston to be a way to live.

Logging Requirements

To claim this cache, visit the posted coordinates and:

  • Take your photo with Bob and include it with your log. Note: Groundspeak guidelines do not require your face to be in the photo. If your face is not visible, make sure that something that identifies you is.
  • Send a message or e-mail to the cache owner that includes the following information: a) Observing the inscribed bricks laid in the plaza near the statue, which family thanks Robert E. Simon ("THE _______ FAMILY THANKS ROBERT E. SIMON")? and b) What is the name of the statue/artwork and when was it placed?

First to Find

Congratulations to flyingmoose on being the first to log this cache!


Virtual Reward - 2017/2018

This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

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