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Reston Then and Now: Lake Anne

by Vernon Miles December 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm 18 Comments

With help from Fairfax County’s Historic Imagery Viewer, which offers aerial views of the county dating back to 1937, Reston Now has put together a review of how the Lake Anne area has evolved since the lake’s creation.

Like many of Reston’s lakes, Lake Anne is not natural. Photography from 1960 shows the open fields and forests just two years prior to the first development on the site.

According to the Walker Nature Education Center, the lake was first built in 1962 to compensate for the increased water runoff caused by new developments. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Lake Thoreau, Lake Audubon, and Lake Newport were also built across Reston.

While some of the water in the lake comes from underground springs, most comes from rainfall and surface runoff. The lakes store water as it flows through streams to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

By 1976, ten years after it was founded, Lake Anne Village Center took the form is essentially remains in to this day. The center was designed by architect James Rossant to emulate the Italian coastal town of Portofino but with then-popular brutalist themes. The center was designed to be located within a half-mile of most homes in Reston at the time.

Over the next twenty years, the aerial photography shows development on the periphery around the central plaza, like new subdivisions built near Lake Newport to the north across Baron Cameron Ave. New residential developments also emerged on the south side of Lake Anne.

To the southwest, the Lake Anne Elementary School went through substantial upgrades in the 1990s, adding air conditioning throughout the building. In 2003, construction began on a $2.1 million addition and renovation of the school. Forest Edge Elementary School to the east also saw substantial growth between 1997 and 2017.

  • JackBPrivate

    I’m sure MikeM will find something about this article that he will complain about

    • Mike M

      Jack, stay private.

    • Ray Cyst

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    • OneReally

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  • TommyR

    How about a map showing the Best-Run States. According to the latest ranking of states by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the most fiscally sound states in the nation are all low-tax, Republican run, while the 10 least-solvent states are almost all high-tax and heavily Democratic. Do you want to decide how you want to spend YOUR money or have the politicians to decide how they will spend your money?? Or a map showing Sanctuary cities do, indeed, experience higher crime rates than do non-sanctuary cities.

    • Greg

      https://www.mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings

      VA used to consistently be in the top 10. Not so much today.

      • Adrian Havill

        Virginia tops Forbes ‘Best States For Business List’ RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Virginia has ranked high on Forbes Magazine’s Best States For Business list for the second year in a row.Nov 28, 2018irginia tops Forbes ‘Best States For Business List’ RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Virginia has ranked high on Forbes Magazine’s Best States For Business list for the second year in a row.Nov 28, 2018

        • Greg

          You gloat all you want in your uncited things.

          We will trust the Mercatus Center which, of course, is based in Fairfax.

          • Adrian Havill

            Okay. Did you read the text? It cites Forbes of two weeks ago. Mercatus is outnumbered, Here’s another and I can give you ten more.

            Virginia ranks 4th among CNBC’s best states for business
            By Jeff Clabaugh | @wtopclabaugh
            July 10, 2018 10:04 am
            WASHINGTON — CNBC’s annual ranking of Best States for Business puts Virginia at No. 4 on this year’s list, up from No. 7 last year.

            Virginia gets high marks for having an educated, available workforce (No. 3) and for becoming a leader in business friendliness, with the passage earlier this year of a regulatory reform bill which sets a goal of reducing regulations by 25 percent in the next three years.

          • Adrian Havill

            Addendum: Mercatus is not based in Fairfax, but rather in Arlington, Va. It is largely financed by the Koch brothers who are based in New York. Mercatus is on Washington Blvd on the 4th floor of an office building if you care to visit.

          • Greg

            Your leftist bias is on full display. For shame.

          • Adrian Havill

            My only adherence is to display facts and refute lies which is difficult for you to accept.

          • Greg

            If your three attempts here, you’ve failed to refute or cite anything. In addition to your bias, now your hate is bubbling forth.

            Believe whatever uncited propaganda you wish, but please grow up.

          • Adrian Havill

            Bye Felicia.

          • Greg

            Again, grow up old man.

          • Adrian Havill

            You just can’t quit me, can you?

          • Greg

            Again, grow up old man.

  • OneReally

    @restonow what i’m saying that so bad as to get censored?

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