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Seeking To Attract Younger Residents, Fayetteville Mayor Wants To Give City A Face-Lift

Rob Ragan of New South Construction, Eric Johnson of Comprehensive Program Services, City Council member Paul Oddo, City Council member Kathaleen Brewer, Mayor Ed Johnson, City Council member Scott Stacy, Mayor Pro Tem Rich Hoffman, City Manager Ray Gibson and Amy Bell of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood take part in a groundbreaking for a new $23 million City Hall and park in Fayetteville.
Rob Ragan of New South Construction, Eric Johnson of Comprehensive Program Services, City Council member Paul Oddo, City Council member Kathaleen Brewer, Mayor Ed Johnson, City Council member Scott Stacy, Mayor Pro Tem Rich Hoffman, City Manager Ray Gibson and Amy Bell of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood take part in a groundbreaking for a new $23 million City Hall and park in Fayetteville.
Credit Maria White Tillman / WABE

The mayor of Fayetteville wants to give the city a face-lift.

The Atlanta suburb is growing older. About 1 out of every 4 residents will be 65 or older in 2040.

So, Mayor Ed Johnson says, the time has come to attract younger residents — especially millennials.

That piqued our interest here at WABE.

“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam caught up with the mayor at the groundbreaking for a new $23 million City Hall and park that he calls “very necessary.”

Fayetteville Mayor Ed Johnson talked with “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam about the changes he sees ahead for the city. (Maria White Tillman/WABE)