Cool street art in a laneway behind the Ainslie Shops. I grew up in this area and currently live not far away.
Canberra draws much of its character from its suburban shops. Ainslie has one of the oldest neighbourhood centres. The idea of a local community focus is still crucial to the planning of our suburbs. You will often find shopfronts facing or surrounding a small plaza area with shade trees and public art. Places such as Ainslie typically offer a small supermarket, café, restaurant and perhaps a wine bar. You can also expect to find a pharmacy and one or two other services.
The challenge for these local centres is to compete with the mega shopping malls. As a result, in the suburbs, there are empty stores and even derelict places. However, on the positive side, other local sites have revitalized their appearance. Just try and find a car space in one of the more popular spots!