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Three simple reasons why Palo Alto, California is like Reston, Virginia
What I can't shake, a feeling that's been with me since I arrived in town on Tuesday, is that I've been somewhere like this before. I spent a couple of months in Reston, Virginia on business back in 2003, and the parallels stood out immediately.
Are Palo Alto and Reston brothers from another mother? I think so, and here are three simple reasons why:
2. Planning is crucial: Both Reston and Palo Alto carry the ethos of a planned city. The seductive curves of Boston's narrow streets are not to be found, and centuries of mismatched architecture – of the sort you'd see in Manhattan – have no home in Palo Alto or Reston.
3. These cities are purpose-driven: Reston, of course, arose as something of an enclave for employees of the federal government. There are some businesses in town, and they have effectively become part of the purpose. For Palo Alto, subtract "government" and add "Stanford."
It's eerie, right?! A country separates these twin towns, but the connection, if only spiritual, will never be severed!
[photo by richardmasoner via Flickr]