The creation of a light rail corridor in the national capital is expected to shift the focus of urban development from the city's traditional town centres to its downtown area and the northernmost part of the ACT.

As a planned city created from scratch to serve as a new national capital and head off the internecine rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, the future of urban development in Canberra is characterised by a number of unique circumstances and challenges. Hamish Sinclair, a research fellow at the University of Canberra’s Institute of…