October 8, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 148 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 285--COMMEMORATING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ROBERT EDWARD SIMON, JR.; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 148
(Senate - October 08, 2015)
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[Page S7278] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 285--COMMEMORATING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ROBERT EDWARD SIMON, JR. Mr. KAINE (for himself and Mr. Warner) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 285 Whereas in 1961, Robert Edward Simon, Jr. (referred to in this preamble as ``Bob Simon'') purchased 6,750 acres of undeveloped land in Northern Virginia and in 1964, established on the land the town of Reston, Virginia; Whereas the vision of Bob Simon for economic development-- (1) involved communities that integrate jobs, residential housing, commercial business, recreational resources, outdoor space, accessible transportation, and pedestrian-friendly geography; and (2) was a vision that, in 2015, is known as ``smart growth''; Whereas the vision of Bob Simon for a community was a community that included residents of all income levels and racial backgrounds at a time during which, in Virginia, housing was segregated and interracial marriage was banned; Whereas Bob Simon is credited with mainstreaming the idea of robust citizen participation in local development plans through community associations; Whereas Bob Simon returned to live in Reston from 1993 until his passing on September 21, 2015, at 101 years of age; and Whereas, as of September 2015, Reston, Virginia is a 62,000-citizen town in the Northern Virginia Dulles Corridor, which continues to develop along the lines that Bob Simon envisioned: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate recognizes the contributions of Robert E. Simon, Jr.-- (1) in founding Reston, Virginia; (2) in setting a trend of vibrant urban development in Virginia; and (3) in inspiring and empowering citizens across the United States. ____________________