Let's start with the facts.
You get the picture. Whether you love the nation's capital or not (and full disclosure, I do), an increasing number of people are choosing to move there, stay there and visit. This trend indicates that Canberra's reputation is changing among certain circles, most notably among its own residents, which I have witnessed first hand.
What had happened in that time to change the reputation of Canberra among its people and had this rubbed off on the rest of the country?
There's a long way to go before many Australians put their traumatic school trips to Parliament House behind them and really believe it’s worth celebrating their one-of-a-kind bush capital. However, I can safely say more and more people are discovering this creative, welcoming and peaceful enclave every day, and I might get one or two fewer sniggers for this article than I would have 10 years ago.