Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA

Rebekah Wingert-Jabi | 2015 | 69 min.

2017 Official Selection

Robert Simon (1914-2015) had a vision for American life. While 1950s post-war suburban sprawl cultivated individualism and homogeneity and prioritized single-family homes, Bob Simon dreamed ‘another way of living’ that valued community, nature, and social equity. He set out to build a suburban town that integrated citizens across racial, economic, and religious divides. His vision was realized in the New Town of Reston, VA, in 1964. As Bob approached his 100th birthday, will the families of Reston come together to secure the diversity and sense of community he fought so hard to preserve? Or will the rising housing costs and rapid redevelopment mark the end of Bob’s legacy in Reston?

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