Chronic town

Cary, N.C., is a suburb of Raleigh. It’s known for its tough zoning regulations and its appearances on “best places to live” rankings in magazines. The old joke is that Cary stands for “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.”

Cary has a population of more than 100,000. To many of us, that would make Cary a city. North Carolina law, however, allows a municipality to call itself whatever it likes. (Hello, Village of Charlotte!)

Despite its size, Cary prefers to be a “town,” with the official flag flying that label proudly. Some of its residents are loyal to that idea, and one man successfully pushed for the replacement of dozens of road signs so drivers cross the “town limits” rather than the “city limits” when entering Cary.

At $2,000, that’s a fairly pricey edit.