For all the Inner Northicans employed in the Parliamentary Triangle Vernon Circle is just a part of the trunk road which gets them to work. Northbourne turns into Vernon Circle which becomes Commonwealth Avenue.
This admirable and functional arrangement is, it seems, at threat from our beloved leaders who see an exciting re-development opportunity.
The Canberra Times’ John Thistleton reports that Vernon Circle is to become the glittering heart of a new city.
- A plan to shift the municipal heart of Canberra to City Hill will dramatically slow traffic between Northbourne and Commonwealth avenues.
A development plan for Section 63, the huge car park Leighton Properties and Mirvac bought for a record $92 million last year, proposes re-routing through traffic from Vernon Circle to London Circuit.
There’s lots of other in-vogue development-speak in there. Frankly I’m amazed we ever managed to get by with the retail space we had three years ago when I look at all these endless expansions.
For mine I like that City Hill is home to possums and copulating teenagers. I’m highly resistant to changing that.