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Mount Airy, the town that inspired Mayberry (setting of the Andy Griffith Show), is no longer a sleepy little hamlet. Yet while diverse industries and modern life have caused changes, the town still tries to live up to Mayberry's mythical standards.
Mount Airy's mayor, Steve Yokeley, describes how the town has bounced back since the closing of the textile mills in the 1990s and how the loss of historic preservation tax credits could present obstacles to further development.
Thousands of tourists visit Mount Airy every year; the Surry County town provided the inspiration for the town of Mayberry in the Andy Griffith series. This article highlights the similarities of the two towns and the influence ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ has had on Mount Airy.
In Mount Airy, juvenile delinquency was a budding problem. A group of law enforcement officers took it upon themselves to round up juveniles who had been in trouble and take them fishing. The rate of juvenile delinquency has decreased as a result.