"Had developers listened to the people who did not want density and development, there would be no Rockefeller Center," says Simon. "This is what I want the Reston anti-development people to know."
Says Columbia University professor Kenneth T. Jackson in the op-ed:
"A vital city is a growing city, and a growing city is a changing city. When Henry James returned to New York in 1904 after a long absence in Europe, he discovered that the city of his youth had “vanished from the earth.” But in its place a powerful new metropolis was emerging, with a skyline unequaled at the time."