Bob Simon's 7 Principles
Bob Simon's 7 Principles that he applied to the historic development of Reston were the following:
  1. The town should provide a variety of leisure opportunities, including a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities as well as an environment for privacy;
  2. Residents would be able to remain in the community throughout their lives, with a range of housing meeting a variety of needs and incomes;
  3. The focal point of all planning would be on the importance and dignity of the individual and would take precedence for large-scale concepts;
  4. Reston residents would be able to live and work in the same community;
  5. Commercial, cultural, and recreational facilities would be available to residents immediately, not years later;
  6. Beauty, both structural and natural, is a necessity and should be fostered; and
  7. Reston should be a financial success.
Credit: Reston Diggs – Reston History
Bob Simon reviewing a map of his plans for Reston. Photo Credit: The Reston Historic Trust and Archives