Locust Grove represents the new model for Columbia’s village centers as originally envisioned by Jim Rouse. 180 modern, energy-efficient apartment homes are elevated above a Main Street array of lively shops, cafes, and restaurants. Artists’ studios and a new exhibit space catch the eyes of passers-by, while the pond and rain garden provide a respite in nature for the busy urbanite. A new twist on the classic Central Square plays host to community events and performances for all Long Reach neighbors to enjoy. It’s time for Locust Grove to bring community back to the village center.