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Reston Real Estate: Remembering Bob Simon

by Eve Thompson September 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm 5 Comments

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This is a sponsored post by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. It does not represent the opinion of Reston Now.

Today’s blog post was supposed to be about “Fall Festivals” near Reston. These blog posts are written weeks in advance — When I pulled it up to get it ready to ship off to RestonNow I just couldn’t do it.

None of us should be shocked that a 101 year old has passed away–I mean after all 101 is a hell of a run. Bob did somehow seem like he’d just keep on going. I was fortunate to know him as a friend and a neighbor. He lived in Heron House on Lake Anne where my husband and I live and I frequently drove him to various Reston Association meetings.

As I’ve read the various tributes in the press and on social media it’s clear that what Bob created in Reston was special. The unique blending of proximity to our neighbors combined with our natural spaces, the yin and yang of density and openness creates a wonderful place to live; but even more than that is the foundational principals upon which we were built–the inclusiveness from the beginning, the need for connectedness are rare goals to have been cited as a measure of success.

I hope as we go forward that we are able to hold onto what makes us special. As for now, I’ll miss seeing Bob around the Plaza but am so thankful for this place that he created.

  • Henry Rearden

    Did you know Bob Simon died? There’s only 4 stories now going on about some old guy. Maybe we can have another 4. Then a nice Ken Plum article spewing left wing propaganda. Then maybe some more stuff from Reston telling us how great TETRA is.

    • Ming the Merciless

      The Ken Plum article will tell us that Bob Simon wanted gun control, free health care for all, more immigrants, and all the other craziness Ken wants.

      The RA article will tell us that Bob Simon wanted Tetra, more high rises, and all the other craziness they want.

      Dead icons are so convenient! You can attribute anything to them, and they cannot contradict you.

    • Jerk Hunter

      Total troll– really you should be ashamed of yourself. They were neighbors, why wouldn’t she write about it?

  • Ken Knueven

    Well said Eve… nice tribute.

  • Phil Lilienthal

    Well said! The other attribute that should be in the forefront is the sense of community he constantly advocated. It doesn’t come from houses and shopping centers. It comes from the people who will gather and stop at a place to chat. Lake Anne has it; the Town Center has it. People have places to gather without a destination activity. Let’s keep that in our sites moving ahead.


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